Thích Quảng Đức, was a Vietnamese Mahayana Buddhistmonk who burned himself to death at a busy Saigon road intersection on 11 June 1963.Quang Duc was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government led by Ngô Đình Diệm.
Photographs of his self-immolation were circulated widely across the
world and brought attention to the policies of the Diệm government. John F. Kennedy
said in reference to a photograph of Duc on fire, “No news picture in
history has generated so much emotion around the world as that one.” Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of the monk’s death.
Quảng Đức’s act increased international pressure on Diệm and led him
to announce reforms with the intention of mollifying the Buddhists.
However, the promised reforms were not implemented, leading to a
deterioration in the dispute. With protests continuing, the ARVN Special Forces loyal to Diệm’s brother, Ngô Đình Nhu, launched nationwide raids on Buddhist pagodas,
seizing Quảng Đức’s heart and causing deaths and widespread damage.
Several Buddhist monks followed Quảng Đức’s example, also immolating
themselves. Eventually, an Armycoup toppled Diệm, who was assassinated on 2 November 1963.
Quang Duc’s body was re-cremated during the funeral, but Duc heart
remained intact and did not burn. It was considered to be holy and
placed in a glass chalice at Xa Loi Pagoda. The intact heart relic is
regarded as a symbol of compassion.
Despite the shock of the Western public, the practice of Vietnamese
monks self-immolating was not unprecedented. Instances of
self-immolations in Vietnam had been recorded for centuries, usually
carried out to honor Gautama Buddha.
Photographs taken by Malcolm Browne of the self-immolation quickly
spread across the wire services and were featured on the front pages of
newspapers worldwide. The self-immolation was later regarded as a
turning point in the Buddhist crisis and a critical point in the
collapse of the Diem regime.
Malcolm Browne won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of the monk’s death.
I’ve found that one of the best things about Losar here in Lhasa is checking out what everyone is wearing around town. The New Year is a time to show off your new and best clothes, and Tibetans go all out to look good as they walk around the streets. I did my best to capture some of the coolest looks one afternoon.
headcanon about plagg's behavior when he saw The Book
as we all know, plagg reacted quite differently when he saw the book, as opposed to tikki who was all, “OMFG GET THE BOOK, MARINETTE”. he reacted quite typically: “duuude, i’m hungry, let’s goooo”.
but, it’s still strange. for what it’s worth, when he listed the things inside the safe, he didn’t mention the peacock brooch thing (r.i.p. my french, please correct me if i’m wrong).
imagine these though.
imagine plagg’s blood running cold when he saw The Book and The Brooch. imagine him freezing up for a split second when he saw “Tibet”. imagine him picking up the pieces together when he saw mama agreste’s picture.
imagine him asking the world what his charge, the poor boy, ever did in his previous life that adrien deserved this.
of course, adrien is close to his heart, considering that the cinnamon roll only wanted one thing in his life which was love. imagine plagg in that one or maybe two, three seconds he was in the safe alone running through all adrien’s possible reactions when he finds out that his father is the papillon. one thing was for sure–it would definitely crush adrien’s heart.
plagg cannot bear it if one of his kittens get hurt.
that’s why he tried getting him away from The Vile Book. that’s why he didn’t mention The Brooch. that’s why he acted like his old silly self.
all so that adrien wouldn’t get the wrong (BUT ACTUALLY RIGHT) assumption.