89-Year-Old Man Creates Sculpture from 20,000 Dead Insects

 - Aug 31, 2009
References: japanprobe
An 89-Year-Old Japanese man created this Buddha sculpture using 20,000 dead bugs. It took Inamura Yoneiji six years to complete this Buddha tribute, using mostly dead beetles along the way.

Inamura Yoneiji said he wanted to help the souls of the deceased insects and thought creating a Buddha with their bodies was the best way to do it.

“For children in the years immediately after World War II, Japan was poor and there was little entertainment available, aside from catching bugs,” said Inamura Yoneiji. “However, every bug would eventually die after being caught. By making a statue of a Buddha from their dead bodies, perhaps their souls can rest in peace."