Buddhism and Mythology (Myths and Legends of the World)
Buddhism, one of the great religions of the world, was founded in India in the 500s B.C. and then spread throughout Asia. Over time, many different Buddhist have developed, each with its own doctrines,set of principles or beliefs ac cepted by a group gods, and legends. Although Buddhism has produced little mythology of its own, it has incorporated stories from mythologies of various groups that adopted the religion.
The Spread of Buddhism
Buddhist History and Teachings
The roots of Buddhism can be traced to one man: Siddhartha Gautama, a prince from a small state in northern India. Although he was a historical figure, many of the stories about him are based on legend. This has made it difficult to distinguish between fact and fiction. Yet the basic elements of Siddhartha Gautama's life storyhether real or inventedre well known, as are his religious teachings.
The Buddha. The son of King Suddhodana, Gautama was born around 563 B.C. According to legend, his mother, Queen Maya, had a dream in which she was expecting a child fathered by a white elephant. Local brahmins, or holy men, interpreted the dream to mean that the queen would give birth...
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