Thursday, December 23, 2010

Josaphat, Christian Saint, was Buddha

Barlaam and Josaphat (Wikipedia article) is a Christianized version of the story of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. In the Middle Ages the two were treated as Christian saints, being entered in the Greek Orthodox calendar on August 26, and in the Roman Martyrology in the Western Church as "Barlaam and Josaphat" on the date of November 27.

An intriguing instance of how legends of Christian saints and martyrs arose, and how Buddhist tradition influenced Christianity.

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