Siddhartha Gautama (c. 480 - 400 BCE)
(Sanskrit Siddhartha = every wish fulfilled)

The Buddha's pre-enlightenment name. His mother was named Mahamaya. His father was King Suddhodana, raja of the Sakya clan. Gautama is the clan name, Siddhartha is his personal name.

1. Shakyamuni, the sage from the tribe if the Shakyas, is an alternate tribal name for the Buddha.

2. He was born around the time of the battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE), which makes him a contemporary of Socrates.

3. When his son was born, Gautama considered him an unwanted binding to the world of Dukkha, so named him Rahula (an obstacle). Seven days after his son's birth, Gautama abandoned his family for the life of the ascetic wanderer.

4. After his death, the Buddha eventually entered the Hindu pantheon as a god — as a manifestation of Vishnu. Hence, many Hindus worship the Buddha. Similarly, many Buddhists also worship Hindu gods. This seems fair.
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