Gansu Provincial Museum: please stop praying and throwing cash at the exhibits

By Ryan Kilpatrick, May 21, 2015

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Gansu Provincial Museum would like to remind visitors to stop to stop throwing cash at the exhibits.

In Lanzhou, the museum's displays on Gansu's Buddhist grottoes and sculptures, like the thousands carved into the side of Majishan, has apparently become a holy site in its own right.

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Visitors to the exhibit have been throwing bills and coins at the feet of the Bodhisattva sculpture models since they were introduced in 2010. "to understand Buddhism and Gansu from an artistic point of view" and "not to pray for blessings."

Gansu Provincial Museum

Gansu Provincial Museum

Gansu Provincial Museum

Gansu Provincial Museum

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"Could it be that they intentionally leave a few small bills to bait people?" web users asked of the mountains of RMB0.5-10 bills, incredulous as always. "What use are these?" another asked, "you're insulting Buddha - you should be throwing red ones [RMB100 bills]!

While the confusion in Lanzhou is somewhat understandable for Buddhists, visitors to Beijing's Museum of Natural History have even more bizarrely begun to worship this brontosaurus fossil, similarly showering it with petty cash.

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