National Geographic : 1938 Mar
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE C) INational geographicc society ranting oy iinna ivl. lnoLcniKl BUDDHA'S HORSE, KANTHAKA, BIDS FAREWELL BY LICKING ,THE BOOT OF MAITREYA The Future Buddha, considered the Messiah among devotees, is carved on the embrasure of the Shih Chia Fo cave. In the shadowy recesses of this and other caves, cut from solid rock, are literally hundreds of thousands of figures. Some 30,000 families of conquered artisans labored in the colossal task of hewing out the chambers and sculpturing the walls and central pillars.