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Notes on the Geography of China: Baodingshan: Photo 14

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Zhao was as syncretic as he was self-aggrandizing.  One of the best ways for him to win adherents was to borrow from Confucianism.  Here's a good example: the Buddha Sakyamuni is the central figure, and the surrounding details portray the ways in which he showed kindness to his parents.  The episode at the lower left, for example, shows him carrying his father's casket, which, as he has just explained to his cousin Ananda and son Rahula, is his duty.

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