Wednesday, October 24, 2012

8,000yr old Morocco carvings destroyed by Islam

Like the now gone Buddhas at Bamiyan, these ancient carvings represented an insult to Islam, and thus had to be destroyed.  As Islam marches across the world stage, we will lose more of these irreplaceable human artifacts.

From AFP/Google October 17

Salafists destroy ancient Morocco carvings: NGO
Site of carvings at Yakour Plain, Morocco

RABAT — Stone carvings in Morocco's High Atlas mountains dating back more than 8,000 years and depicting the sun as a pagan divinity have been destroyed by Salafists, a local rights group said on Wednesday.

"These stone carvings of the sun are more than 8,000 years old. They were destroyed several days ago," Aboubakr Anghir, a member of the Amazigh (Berber) League for Human Rights, told AFP.

"One of the carvings, called 'the plaque of the sun,' predates the arrival of the Phoenicians in Morocco," Anghir said.

"It lies in a well-known archaeological site in the Yakour plain south of Marrakesh, 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Mount Toubkal."

"There are several Salafist groups active in the region and it's not the first time these pre-Islamic sites have been attacked. We have sent a message to the ministry of culture, but have not yet received a reply," he added.

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