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Buddha
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Skaya, now part of India
Date of Birth: 563 BC
Date of Death: 483 BC
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Buddhism
Occupation: Aesthetic, Clergyman, Nobleman, Philosopher
Parents: Śuddhodana (father)
Spouse: Yaśodharā
Children: Rahula
Turtledove Appearances:
"Before the Beginning"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
"Occupation Duty"
POD: c. 1000 BCE
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference (as "Sword Buddha")
Date of Death: Unknown
Siddhārtha Gautama, often called Gautama Buddha, or simply Buddha (563?-483? BC), was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The precise details and chronology of his life are not known for certain, but he is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India or Nepal sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.

Buddha in "Before the Beginning"

With the invention of the time-viewer, historians learned that Buddha was a party-animal. This knowledge did not shake Buddhists from their faith. The revelation that the Jews really were God's chosen people did that.

Buddha in "Occupation Duty"

Buddhists of the Middle Kingdom practiced the traditional form of the faith, which regarded the Buddha as a peaceful man. The Turks of Babylonia, however, believed that he had been a man of war and called him Sword Buddha.[1] Although mostly associated with the Babylonian Turks, this doctrine found some adherents in other countries, including the poor, backward, warlike Moabites, who had been fighting a millennia-long feud against the Philistinians. There were rumours that among the Philistinians there were Sword Buddha adherents who fought just as fanatically against the Moabites as vice versa.[2]

References

  1. See e.g.: Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 240, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg. 253.

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