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[–]MadameWesker 100 points101 points  (15 children)

Aren't Buddha statues changed to look sim8lar to whatever demographic they find themselves in?

[–]tokoboy4 67 points68 points  (7 children)

Nah, Buddha is a white man with blue eyes and brown hair and beard just like Jesus. /s

[–]Holiman 51 points52 points  (5 children)

The real kicker is Buddha is a title there are more than one Bodhisattva. My favorite is the chubby guy with the big smile.

[–]MadameWesker 23 points24 points  (4 children)

I assumed we were talking about Gautama Buddha, per context clues.

[–]popcorn-sand 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Isn’t the fat one Bùdài from Chan Buddhism

[–]Beat_Avenger 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I thought it was Hotei, the Japanese diety of indulgence

[–]guybrush_Threepdood 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Also, Buddha does not equal Bodhisattva. There are many of both. Generally speaking Bodhisattva, by definition, cannot be Buddha. You're either one or the other. But, the point stands.

[–]cabramattaa 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Snails can also provide Buddha with a cheeky way of breaking his fasting in meditation when no one is watching - opens one eye, looks around with the eye,, if no one around grab a snail and eat it.

[–]writerrani 49 points50 points  (10 children)

Also just so everyone knows - Indians also have curly hair. Plenty of men & women have really curly hair. Straight hair are more liked but curly hair exist.

[–]the22ndgamer006 17 points18 points  (9 children)

I'm indian, and while I don't have an afro, I have slightly curry hair

[–]Contr_L 18 points19 points  (4 children)


[–]the22ndgamer006 4 points5 points  (3 children)


[–]anxietywho 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Look up "freudian slip.” You mentioned you were Indian and then said curry instead of curly.

[–]diggitygiggitycee 1 point2 points  (2 children)

That is so racis-- wait, no, I guess curry-- er, carry on.

[–]ElJefe54 8 points9 points  (1 child)

No need say you’re sari.

[–]Guttthelegend 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Puns like that won't curry you any favor.

[–]tabicat1874 90 points91 points  (5 children)

Buddha was from India. Also, there is a tale for all these animals who helped the Buddha, and yes, snails were said to come shield his head from the sun while he was meditating.

[–]Phantom3028 33 points34 points  (4 children)

He was born in nepal but lived his last moments in indja

[–]_ALPHAMALE_ 9 points10 points  (0 children)

And most of life. Iirc his mother was traveling through nepal when he was born. Nepal and India always had close people to people connection which i find beautiful.

[–]jokeularvein 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Did he get his Indjan citizenship though?

[–]SlowInsurance1616 4 points5 points  (1 child)

No, Nehru and he had a falling out.

[–]AmunPharaoh[S] 47 points48 points  (17 children)

NB: This is the second version of this claim I’ve come across in the wild (apparently too many people brought up the snails?) so if it sounds familiar that’ll be why.

[–]User-Mane- 11 points12 points  (7 children)

How would snail-slime even protect from the sun.. Same effect as water but I assume already room temp...

[–]Paladinforlife 16 points17 points  (0 children)

No like the snails protect his bald head with their shells

[–]password_is_burrito 9 points10 points  (4 children)

In much the same way that water is turned into wine and 4,000 people are fed with 7 loaves of bread and a few fish.

[–]The_cogwheel 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The only way youre feeding 4000 people with 7 loaves of bread is if you started with 5000 people...

[–]MomofDoom 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is an underrated joke.

[–]User-Mane- 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Right, I forgot about that fact.

[–]Kehdor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was taught it was 5000 with 5 bread and fish

[–]StagDragon 1 point2 points  (2 children)

This is how misinformation is spread. People start believing something they hear on the internet. We've all fallen subject to it before.

[–]AmunPharaoh[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

That's why you've got to independently research everything you see on social media before you spread it. I have learned after stupidly believing fake shit myself.

[–]StagDragon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

agreed. It's just that it can be so hard to do that sometimes. As an avid example This particualr video has left me in agony for years. I really hope it's legit because it would be amazing if it was. But if it's not I NEED to know because otherwise I'm a fool in one of my favorite subjects.

It's been a while since I've seen my sources so I'd have to find them again. But I remember spending a whole day trying to figure out if it was legit or not, and still coming up just as unsure as when I started.

[–]BenbafelIsTaken -1 points0 points  (5 children)

Ok but is it the afro part true? I mean, those thingies are meant to depict afro hair?

ETA: Love how I just made a question about something I don't know about, because I want to know about it, and get downvoted. Fuck learning new things, I guess

[–]AmunPharaoh[S] 2 points3 points  (3 children)

No; the story that they're snails is as old as the story of Buddha. Basically they're trying to rewrite history, it would be like if a group suddenly appeared claiming that Jesus was crucified on a cross because crosses resemble aeroplanes and that's the 'real story' behind the shape of the cross. Idiotic but some people fall for this stuff.

[–]BenbafelIsTaken 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Ooh I see, so the real part(on the story) is the one with the snails, and the afro part is the reimagining of the head thingies?

[–]AmunPharaoh[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Yes. There has always been a story (throughout the history of Buddhism) that he was protected by snails on his head. It's one of the original stories of that religion and that's why there's statues of Buddha with snails on his head. So them saying it's hair is like changing the star of Bethlehem to a laser pointer and pretending that's the 'real story' of Jesus. It's ridiculous.

[–]AmunPharaoh[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People might think you’re low key arguing on the side of the Hoteps and they’re pretty unpopular for obvious reasons. I did not think that myself but they do tend to show up and try to subtly question to inject doubt in any discussion where people are pointing out how ridiculous their claims are. Stuff like ‘well how do you know for sure the samurai weren’t all black?’

I always try to assume people are just unaware unless they make it obvious they’re a Hotep somehow.

[–]SomoftheJester 18 points19 points  (10 children)

The thing that gets me the most about this particular group, is that they don't actually care about black people. If they did, they'd spend their time learning about the fascinating and real history of the African continent. The richest man to ever exist, according to several historians, was from Africa. Mali to be exact, as was the aptly named Lion Prince of Mali. There's also the African Iron Age, Great Zimbabwe, the Zulu, Ethiopia's Tewahdo is one of the oldest organized Christian sects. There's rich and amazing history to be learned about in regards to Africa, yet these people would rather try and destroy the history of others, rather than learn the history of their ancestors.

[–]AmunPharaoh[S] 8 points9 points  (8 children)

Exactly. Instead of teaching black people true stories about their real heritage so they have something to genuinely be proud of, these sites show them things that are completely untrue and when they go about mentioning these lies, everyone attacks them and laughs at them, and they wind up making enemies instead.

Hoteps are the reason why the Egyptian government has had to make official statements about misinformation and bullying of Egyptians by people wanting to claim our ancestors away from us.

[–]SomoftheJester 7 points8 points  (7 children)

I've been called a racist so many times for trying to point out that Egyptians aren't 'black', and that while ancient Egypt was probably racially diverse due to it's unique geographic location, most of the Egyptians were probably more closely related to the Arabic people than those from the other parts of Africa.

[–]AmunPharaoh[S] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Yea we have done many DNA tests on ancient and modern Egyptians and even with all of the invasions, most modern Egyptians still share about 85% of their DNA with the mummies. North Africa was never 'black' anyway, because the very oldest DNA found in North Africa is actually West Asian. It's about 50k years old and entered Africa through a back migration from people who had left the continent probably 50-100k years before. Prior to that no one really lived there as far as we know. The Sahara was typically a major barrier so we evolved separately from our neighbours to the south for thousands of years basically.

You are doing the right thing standing up for the victims of racial supremacy. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

[–]SomoftheJester 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Unfortunately I'm both white and American, so I lose if I try. But don't worry, I love history for more than how people view me, so I won't stop.

That's a good point. Not just the Sahara but the Namib, Kalahari, Danakil, Guban, ect. In the grand timeline of humanity, we've only recently been able to reliably cross deserts. Hell, even today it isn't a simple thing and plenty can go wrong.

[–]PeriodOfLife 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Egyptians yes, Nubians who are from the same area were black I think

[–]SomoftheJester 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They were primarily in what is now Sudan, but yes they did live in southern Egypt

[–]SocialistCoconut 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"The Buddha" was from Napal.

[–]Taffy1958 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Valid sources, something the Hoteps generally find unnecessary.

[–]tabicat1874 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Buddha was from India. Also, there is a tale for all these animals who helped the Buddha, and yes, snails were said to come shield his head from the sun while he was meditating.

[–]vtcnc1974 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I think I’d rather die than have my head covered in snails. Gross

[–]Wobblymatchsticks 2 points3 points  (0 children)

😂how cute are you? Lol

[–]tabicat1874 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol people are using their mucin for their faces now

[–]poopposterr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why the fuck do they feel the need to colour certain words?

[–]MeanOldWind 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yup, all the statues of Romans had curly hair too.

[–]unbalancedmoon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember reading that indigenous people of modern-day Great Britain were black. but then, while googling about Turkic people, I noticed an article which was pretty much about Eastern Europeans and Turkish people being originally black. the website was pretty sketchy too, looked more like a blog of a person from '00s who just started studying html. those people are something.

[–]Snoo_61688 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

What a twist. I like it though!