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King Oduduwa & The Buddha

"There are two great Ethiopian (African) nations, one in Sind (India) and the other in Egypt." - Greek Historian Herodotus

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King Oduduwa of the Ife Kingdom (Yorubaland, West Africa)

“So monumental was the role of this man (Oduduwa) that, popular traditions and legends elevated him to the awesome pedestal of father of the Yoruba race and founder of the monarchical system which thenceforth became their typical system of government.”

 

- Dr. Stephen Adebanji Akintoye

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The Buddha of the Indus Valley Civilization (South Asia)

“Siddhartha Gautama (‘the Buddha’) is widely acknowledged as the founder of Buddhism in India more than 2,500 years ago.”

 

– Dr. Rufus O. Jimerson

“Gautama’s teachings place a premium on attainment over having a supreme god or deity. The priority is to reach a state of inner peace and wisdom while embracing the concepts of Karma (the law of cause and effect) and reincarnation (the continuous cycle of rebirth).”

 

– Dr. Rufus O. Jimerson

“But nobody had ever seen a king with the sort of stature and glory that Oduduwa had had as king of Ile-Ife (Ife Kingdom). Not only did the chiefs and priests take steps to deify him, the collective imagination of the masses began to represent him as larger than life. Long before then there had existed, no doubt, the myth about Olodumare (i.e., God) sending some heavenly beings (i.e., Orishas) to come and establish life on earth. That basic story would no longer do. Oduduwa had to be part of it – indeed, he had to be the leader of the heavenly beings that came to earth. Over the next centuries, the myth-making genius of the Yoruba nation amplified and embellished Oduduwa’s part in the story of creation.”

 

– Dr. Stephen Adebanji Akintoye

To find out more about King Oduduwa and the Medieval Ife Kingdom of West Africa, and The Buddha of the Ancient Indus Valley Civilization of South Asia, click here: The Enlightened Ones of the Medieval & Ancient World: King Oduduwa & The Buddha

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