Renewing a legend

In my last post, I described the giant rope, or snake, that appeared unexpectedly at Boudhanath. Hundreds of people carried a 1336 meter long knitted community construction. If you’re not used to thinking in meters, just imagine a tube sock that when stretched gently is a mile long.

A good friend, Rachel, says, “It’s nice the way the participants are all actually bound together by it, a great village umbilicus.”

A Tibetan Buddhist legend about the building of Boudhanath fits with the idea of this knitted rope:

After the death of an ancient Buddha, an old woman wanted to inter his remains. Before starting, she petitioned the King for land the size of a buffalo skin. He granted permission for her to bury the body and build a tower, wondering how she could do so in such a small area.

She cut the skin in small strips and made a long, leather string to encircle the area, which become the present Boudhanath. There is now not only the huge stupa, but a thriving small town around it.

One thought on “Renewing a legend

  1. Chip – I forwarded your earlier post about the knitted snake to a number of friends (hope you don’t mind) with this comment:

    “Friends –
    I love the symbolism of the knitted snake. Suppose we replace Trump’s wall idea with a border-to-border all-inclusive knitted snake. If everyone knitted a foot or so, it could be done in a jiffy. Bring your knitting needles, not your guns!
    Robert

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