A Christian tale of saints and martyrs named Barlaam and Josaphat had been around since the early days of the Christian churches. In the story Josaphat was the son of a king in India, and the king persecuted Christians. A teacher named Barlaam converts Josaphat and the King eventually becomes Christian too. Prince Josaphat becomesContinue reading “Fun Fact: Buddha in Christianity?”
Like many religions before it, it took some time for Buddhism to be actually written down instead of passed by stories from people’s memory. It was about a 400 year gap for Buddhism.
Angkor Wat is the largest religious temple in the world. It is in Cambodia but it was built by the Khmer Empire which ruled most of Southeast Asia for centuries. It was originally a temple for Hinduism, but switched to Buddhism as the later kings became Buddhist instead of Hindu.
While popular in most of Asia, Buddhism had lost its dominance in what is now modern-day India which is where Buddha spent much of his life. Buddhism had slowly declined over the centuries until a major breaking point in the 12th century. Unlike most falls or rises in a major religion, there wasn’t a singleContinue reading “Fun Fact: End of Buddhism in India”