|Shakyamuni Buddha, Indo-Scythian, Indo-Greco, Gandhara, Afghanistan/Pakistan|
|The Buddha the Shakyan in stone from Gandhara, first renderings of him in human form.|
|Blue-eyed baby boy|
Prince Siddhartha, later known as Shakyamuni or "the Sage of the Shakyas"/Scythians (see below) set off from the foothills of the Himalayas, southwest of the Tibetan plateau, northwest of "India."
|Prince's presumed path to Magadha/"India"|
|Tibet: "Wheel of Time"|
When he at last reached the goal of glimpsing nirvana (authentic moksha) and awakening to truth, he set rolling the Dharma in the suburb of the ancient holy Indian city of Varanasi (Benares).
- Was the Buddha Ukrainian? [In a sense, as a Scythian]
- Shakyamuni the Saka from Scythia, the modern Stans
- Who were the Indo-Scythians in Indian literature?
|Scythian coin from the Buddha's ancestral land: Obv: king on horseback goad in hand, bow behind, Buddhist Triratna symbol. Rev: standing king being crowned by goddess Tyche devi.|
|Scythia extended from India to Ukraine|
They are described as part of an amalgam of other war-like tribes [therefore labelled kshatriyas, "warriors," as if they were part of Vedic India and its Indus Valley Civilization inherited caste system] from the northwest. More
|Kushan Buddha statue|
"It was a place where East met West and its archaeology reveals a blend of Greek, Indian, Chinese, Persian, and Turkish influence."
Buddhism began almost simultaneously in Afghanistan (Kapilavastu of the Shakya-land or -stan), where the Buddha was born, and India, where he traveled, became enlightened, and first taught.
|Kush: Africa to Varanasi|
|Africa: Egypt and Israel connect|
Bamiyan in Scythia
|Modern-day Bamiyan, Afghanistan, site of some of the largest Buddhas in the world, the real Kapilavastu, capital of the Buddha's Shakya Clan territory or janapada, clan-foothold (wiki)|
|Ancient Gandhara, Scythia|
So many Shakyan/Scythian royals (nobles, rulers, kshatriya) went forth that some went just because they missed their family.
|The Buddha, Gandhara (W)|
Others must have gone because they had so much confidence in their erstwhile prince, who went away to become more famous than he ever could have become in his clan's kingdom (janapada) even if he had become a "world monarch" (chakravartin, cakkhavatti), the ideal of nomadic warrior tribes like the Scythians.
The Brahmins must have considered he and his kind "barbarians" -- who did not respect the traditional caste system at the top of which sat Brahmins in India but placed themselves at the top. Compared to themselves he could have been considered "barbaric," unwilling to accept the hierarchy they had in mind, except that he excelled them in their domain -- knowledge of the Vedas, liberated, able to guide others to their spiritual ideal of moksha.
Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, the largest Buddhist monastery in the world (most of which is still unexcavated), also in the vicinity of modern Kabul, is said to be 2,600 years old, the same age as Buddhism itself. (Buddhism may be much older, as are the other great religions of the world, and the lesser known Sumerian and Egyptian contributions to human spirituality, according to Dr. Pal and Ukrainian researcher Prof. Valery Bebik, a deputy principal of Ukraine University).
|Scythian Buddha with blue eyes as described in ancient Theravada texts (Tenzinosel/flickr)|
- These arcane connections might explain why the first anthropomorphic images of the Buddha are clearly of a fair skinned Central Asian exhibiting Bactrian, Indo-Scythian, partial Caucasian features, and other images, particularly those in the Cambodian (connected somehow to the Kambojan Empire of the Kambojas), that show clear African-Asian traits.
- But the Rhys Davids' translation of The Story of the Lineage describes a "noble" (Aryan, ~Iranian) of the "Solar Race," and these words are put into the Buddha's mouth as describing himself, who he was and where he came from. And this has been extended to suggest what all buddhas are like and where they come from.
Interestingly, the region of what is now called Ethiopia and the Sudan were the Kingdom of Kush, Kemet, extensions of the Kushan and Persian Empires (i.e., Kusana, Iran). And according to Dr. Pal, the Buddha's mother was likely from Seistan-Baluchistan, which is a province just east of Iran (Ariyan-land), south of Afghanistan, and west of Pakistan.
|Gandhara Indo-Greco future Buddha (Wisdom Quarterly)|
- The Pontic-Caspian steppe: Ukraine, southern Russia and western Kazakhstan (inhabited by Scythians from at least the 8th century BCE)
- The Kazakh steppe: northern Kazakhstan and the adjacent portions of Russia
- Sarmatia, corresponding to Ukraine and the eastern Balkans
- Saka tigrakhauda, corresponding to parts of Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan, southeastern Kazakhstan and Kashgar
- Sakastan, corresponding to southern Afghanistan and eastern Iran, extending to the Sistan Basin
- Parama Kamboja: corresponding to northern Afghanistan and parts of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
- Scythia Minor: corresponding to the lower Danube river area west of the Black Sea, with a part in Romania and a part in Bulgaria
- The northern Caucasus area
|Shakyamuni Buddha (BBC)|
- Credit is due to Dr. Ranajit Pal for his maverick insights
- Mar 20, 2009 ... “It is quite possible that [the Buddha] belonged to the Scythian nation of Budins that lived on the territory of Ancient Ukraine during the first or the...
- First Buddha stupa in Ukraine - Ступа - священный курган Мира
- The first Buddha stupa in Ukraine is a perfect manifestation of all kinds of life in the universe and an ancient cosmological [Buddhist] mysticism brought together. Being a...
- (Wisdom Quarterly) Buddha Was Ukrainian?
- March 20, 2009... “It is quite possible that Buddha belonged to the Scythian nation of Budins that liv(ed on the territory of Ancient Ukraine during the first or the second millennium B.C. The name of the nation is still preserved in the names of Ukraine’s contemporary settlements -- Seredina-Buda, Buda, and some others”... UPDATE: Was the Buddha Ukrainian?
- (Shambhala SunSpace) Was the Buddha Ukrainian?
- Mar 21, 2009 ... [The] Buddha was a Scythian Arian [Aryan, but not as the Nazis co-opted and ruined the word], a member of the Budin tribe. ...region of Ukraine, as well as on the neighboring lands of Belarus and Russia. [Note the dates of publication. Does Shambhala SunSpace read Wisdom Quarterly the way WQ reads SSS? :)]
- Buddha, Jesus Christ, and Ancient Egyptian were Ukrainians