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Monday, 30 December 2013

Philosopher


Outside the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is this statue of Tiruvalluvar the tamil poet and philosopher who wrote the Tirukkural a body of work written in rhyming couplets that is one of the Tamil books of law that discusses ethics.  The 133 chapters are grouped into three sections: righteousness, wealth and love.

The statue was unveiled in 1996 in a ceremony that included the High Commissioner of India and several dignitaries  associated with the university and the Tamil community.  Both the commemorating plaque and the book that was in his hands have been stolen.  Fans of his teachings do you suppose? 

7 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

No I'll go for metal thieves. Looks like it could do with a coat of paint

Judy said...

It's a beautiful statue, too bad someone took his book and plaque away.

Sharon said...

I can't imagine fans destroying the context of the statue. Like Bill said, it must have been metal thieves.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Honestly you have to wonder sometimes don't you! He does have a rather 'peeved' expression MO :)

Luis Gomez said...

So wonderful!

Lawrence Kreger said...

Gee, looks so much an old Christmastime picture of one of the Three Wise Men..

Shame that statue got vandalized.
Of course, here in NYC nothing is safe although of course there are security cameras everywhere now and it is not like it was before Giuliani

William Kendall said...

Metal thieves... no respect and no scruples out of that lot.

It's an interesting looking statue.

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