SuttaCentral

Was Buddha a Scythian?


#1

A certain monk, Vira Avalokita is trying to tell me that Buddha was a Scythian. He is using a book by Beckwith. Can anyone confirm this theory? I am thinking that Beckwith is wrong.


#2

I think this person’s real name is James Beard. I have encountered him before and find that he is often banned from Facebook groups. I am now more inclined to distrust him. I am not trying to belittle him but I am interested if the Scythian theory has any validity.


#4

Not likely to be true. Below some links about the topic:

Jayarava's Raves: The Son of the Śākyas

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280568234_Possible_Iranian_Origins_for_the_Sakyas_and_Aspects_of_Buddhism

Jayarava's Raves: Persian Influences on Indian Buddhism

:anjal: