to people that sleep with their bedroom doors open: you are brave but you are going to die young
when did we replace the word “said” with “was like”
When it occured to us that “said” implies a direct quote, while “was like” clarifies that you mean to communicate the person’s tone and general point without quoting them word for word.
this is my love letter to azlyrics for not being annoying as fuck like other lyric websites
I am convinced that this snake is happily humming as it scampers across this lawn.
“hm hm hm hm hmmm, what a beautiful day today! I think I’ll swallow a chimpanzee!”
"what’s your blog about?"
The Face of Afghanistan
A friend of mine once remarked that when he hears the word Afghanistan, he pictures two barren mountains on either side of an unpaved road lined with crumbling mud-brick houses. If that were the case, the pride of Afghans, for which they are famous, seems utterly baseless and illusory. But to better understand the Afghan pride, we need to take a better look at Afghanistan’s unsung heroes who risked their lives to preserve their national treasures and with it, their pride and identity.
This is the story of one of the world’s greatest treasures ever found. The British politician and author Rory Stewart called it “an act of extraordinary courage.” BBC’s Alastair Lawson writes in Afghan gold, “a miraculous tale of human ingenuity and bravery lies behind… treasures from Afghanistan… It’s a story which exhibition organizers say is the triumph of culture and beauty over vandalism and bigotry.”
In 1978, a team of Greek-Russian archaeologists discovered a 2,000 year old treasure cache consisting of over 21,000 pieces that lay under the Golden Hill in Northern Afghanistan. The treasure was the largest of its kind ever to be found in all history and most historians compared it with the discovery of the Egyptian King Tut’s tomb. In the subsequent years of war, the so called “Bactrian hoard” was feared lost and it was assumed that the priceless artifacts were melted and sold as common gold in the black market - until 2003.
While the National Museum was successively looted in the civil war years of 1992-96, the Bactrian treasure was safe in an underground vault in the Presidential Palace in Kabul. The Soviet-backed President Najibullah had ordered the treasure to be secretly transferred from the National Museum in 1989. The vault had five keys, all of which were needed to open it. The keys were distributed to five trusted individuals, among them Omar Khan Massoudi, the chief Afghan curator.
When the Taliban took power in 1996, a special group was set up by the new regime to destroy all pre-Islamic art. Their mission culminated with the destruction of the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan in 2001, an act which ”filled the heart of every decent Afghan with anger [and] represented an irreplaceable loss,” writes Massoudi in the museum’s guidebook. In a BBC report, Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani said that the Central Bank staff “were beaten senseless” by the Taliban who were searching for the treasure. But no one revealed the locations of the key holders.
Finally in 2003, when the vaults were finally cracked open, every last piece of the Bactrian gold was recovered, trussed in the same tissue paper in which the museum staff had wrapped it. And then the clamor began from international museums to take it on tour. Since 2004, it has been exhibited in Canada, United States, France, Germany, and Britain.
Even though, as said by the directors of the film Kabul Transit, Afghanistan is not a simple place and it would do neither the Afghans nor the rest of the world any good to imagine that it is, the story of these artifacts tells us that Afghans aren’t proud of their colonial defiance as much as they are of their cultural heritage which, despite the hazards of war and barbarism, has been preserved by their bravery and love of their country’s history.
All of the photos above are artifacts from the Bactrian hoard. Click on the image to read the description. You could also go to National Geographic’s webpage dedicated to Afghan treasures. For further reading, see the article Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures by NatGeo’s Roger Atwood. A NatGeo documentary Lost Treasures of Afghanistan available on Youtube explores the story of Bactrian hoard, the search for the legendary Sleeping Buddha of Bamiyan, the inspiring tale of an Afghan artist, and the works of a few brave men behind the preservation of the entire Afghan National Film Archives.
On some Afghan blogs here in Tumblr, if you happen to read “We’ve got a lot to be proud of,” know that this is what they’re referring to.