Fred Maroon, ‘Afghanistan: Giant Buddha Statue in the Bamiyan Valley’, 1968, Artist's Proof

A caravan passes by the Giant Buddhist statue in the Bamiyan Valley.

"My first scouting trip was to the Bamiyan Valley, in the central part of the country. The floor of this valley is almost 10,000 feet above sea level; the peaks of the Hindu Kush, a range sometimes called 'the roof of the world', tower above the valley to heights of more than 25,000 feet. The name Hindu Kush means 'Hindu Killer', reputedly because of the many Indian slaves who perished trying to cross the mountains. It was an important location, since it was in this valley that all the silk routes converged. Here the Chinese offered their silks to traders in caravans from India, Syria, and Turkey. So many languages were spoken in the process that the site became known as the 'Valley of Noise'." - Fred Maroon

About Fred Maroon

American, September 24, 1924 - November 5, 2001, New Brunswick, New Jersey, based in Washington, DC, United States