In one of his most remarkable works of fiction, The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the Japanese writer Yukio Mishima creates an attention-grabbing portrayal of young man’s infatuation, if not obsession with idealized beauty. But what lurks on the other side of his obsession is his destructive quench to possess that beauty entirely. Namely, he is fascinated with Kyoto’s famed Golden Temple. However, as the young boy named Mizoguchi, starts to notice the flaws of the temple, he concludes that the only real pathway to beauty sits in the act of horrible wrongdoing; hence he burns the temple.
There is hardly any relation in between Mishima’s book and the recent events in which China’s Lingguan Tower diminished–but a distant echo–that a sacred Buddhist point has been reduced to ashes. A massive blaze has engulfed the tower on December 10, 2017, and has melted the 16-stories world-known pagoda to nothingness. The fire has persisted for four hours.
The Lingguan Tower has indeed been counted as per Asia’s tallest wooden pagoda. Reportedly, the fire has started from a hall underneath the pagoda and flames had quickly spread to the upper floors of the wooden structure. In Chinese, this Buddhist complex, included the tower, has been known as Jiulong Monastery.
The fire has been helped by high winds which have quickly pushed the blaze towards the pagoda as well as two more halls adding to the complex, the Hall of Arhan and the Main Hall. Both were diminished in the fire as reports tell. The entire complex sits some seven kilometers outside the city of Mianzhu.
Otherwise, the same complex was destroyed back in 2010 after a severe earthquake had hit the area. For seven years ever since the quake, construction efforts have been well in place, rebuilding the monastery and the pagoda, efforts which have been in their final stage to date. The cause of the fire is still to be determined.
Photo source: historia.adhst.ro
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