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Pot-Bellied Buddhas (Mythic May Vol. 5)

Pot-Bellied Buddhas

Buddhism is still fairly new in North America and Europe.
It's also largely misunderstood and misrepresented by mainstream media.

For one thing, people have come to confuse Budai with Buddha.

What's the difference? Well, Budai was a fat Chinese monk who we're told travelled the countryside carrying a sack full of food (similar to Santa Claus).

In other words, he wasn't Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha from India.

The causes of this misconception aren't complicated:
As Christ is an honorary title meaning "Anointed One", so Buddha means "Awakened One". 

Said title has been given to many monks after the original Shakyamuni.

Some believe Budai (Hotei in Japanese) was an incarnation of future Buddha Maitreya. However, that's beside the point, since Siddhartha Shakyamuni preceded him nonetheless.

Therefore, people who rub Budai's belly for good luck are merely indulging in an ignorant superstition!

Images (from top to bottom-right):  Laughing Budai Maitreya - circa 10th Century CE, Gandharan Buddha - circa 1st Century CE & Emaciated Buddha (Sikri Stupa) - circa 1st Century BCE.

Further Reading: Past Issues of Mythic May

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