Two statues of the Buddha in Lufeng, Guangdong province were left slumped and ‘depressed’ after typhoon Usagi swept through the city, swsm.net reports.
The necks of both Buddha statues, situated outside Guangfu Temple in Lufeng, cracked as winds of up to 120 kph swept through the city. The two statues are worth an estimated 50 million yuan, according to Global Times.
Netizens joked that the Buddhas were “expressing penitence” for failing to protect those who suffered from the typhoon.
Master Hengyu, deputy head of Cangzhou Buddhist Association in Hebei Province, however, dismissed the online speculations, saying that the cause of the statues’ drooping heads were due to a combination of poor welding and the powerful typhoon.
He admitted that the statues’ poor condition has hurt the sacred image of Buddha in the minds of Buddhists.
At least 29 people were killed when typhoon Usagi hit southern China early this week.