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Monday, September 12, 2005

Bruce Lee, symbol of unity

In the Bosnian city of Mostar, the citizens are erecting a statue of the Kung-Fu master Bruce Lee in order to promote unity between the Croatians, Serbians, and Muslims. The statue will be a symbol of "justice, mastery and honesty -- virtues upheld by the late Chinese-American actor."

I'm guessing that the conflict in Mostar was so great that they couldn't find anyone among them who might bring them together, they had to look outside for some common hero - it's interesting that Bruce Lee was selected. I'm somewhat surprised that they couldn't make a statue of Jesus or Mary who are also respected among the three traditions but maybe there was the thought that a religious statue would be too Catholic.


Blogger Lauren said...

The religious statue is a bit, to use a Reformation-era term, papist for that area, not only because it's an image as you mention, but the differences between the Orthodox, Catholics and Muslims in the area all have different definitions of who Mary is or who Christ is.

Most unfortunate, the divisions in that part of the country.

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