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Buddha — rage face, poker face

[ by Charles Cameron — Myanmar and, well, not quite Vegas — Barcelona ]
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A study in reversal, monastery and monk{

Having said that the interior of the monastery is quite and calm, while outside are monks denating politics under hideous posters of alleged Rohingya brualities:

NYRB, The Hateful Monk

The contrast between the monastery’s inner calm and this exterior display of violence is a fitting inversion of Ma Soe Yein’s most infamous resident, Ashin Wirathu, the subject of Barbet Schroeder’s new documentary, The Venerable W. On the outside, Wirathu is composed and polite, with large brown eyes and a sweet, impish grin. His voice is smooth and its cadence measured. Yet beneath this civil disguise seethes an interminable hatred toward the 4 percent of Myanmar’s population that is Muslim (the wall of carnage stands outside his residence). Wirathu is responsible for inciting some of the worst acts of ethnic violence in the country’s recent history, and was described by Time as “The Face of Buddhist Terror.”

Hat tip: Michael Robinson, the Ornamental Peasant

See also:

  • JRI Cole, Muslim Rohingya Refugees Drown as They flee Buddhist Persecution in Myanmar
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    I could use that kind of karma, with permission to retain 15% for my own requirements. Oh well, no need to complain. I share his delighted smile.

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