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Why this hair style on statues of the Buddha?

http://9gag.com/gag/arOnzn5 says that the Buddha's "hair" on this statue represents snails. I thought Buddha shave his head like all his disciples. And there is a claim that his hair are actually ...
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Why should we worship statues of Lord Buddha?

Why should we worship Lord Buddha statues with flowers, lights and food, even when we know Lord Buddha is not alive and does not exist? Did Lord Buddha instruct us to do so or is there any other ...
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Iconography in Buddhism - from the Greeks? And why isn't the Buddha bald?

When you read or hear about Gotama leaving his home and family, the story is usually something like "he shaved his face and head and went out to be a wandering monk". But very few depictions of the ...
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Why is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?

Surely The Buddha appeared quite emaciated when he realized full enlightenment. Why is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?
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Who are the Buddhas on the Wheel of Life?

In a lot of images of the wheel of life there are Buddha figures in each of the realms. You can see them in the image below of the full wheel of life and I've also put in a close up of the hell realm ...
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Did the Buddha have long ears?

Every statue of the Buddha I have seen depicts him as having long ears. Did Buddha really have long ears? If so, why and how did he get long ears?
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What is a Mudra and what do they mean?

In Buddhist iconography the figures are illustrated or depicted with various hand gestures. The symbolic hand gestures are called mudras. What is the significance of a Buddhist mudra? What are the ...
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Examples of early Buddhist art

I was reading that early Buddhist art doesn't actually depict the Buddha. Instead it shows an empty space, a dharma wheel or a footprint where you would expect the Buddha to be shown. It was only ...