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Buddha born in Iran/Afghanistan?

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    Posted: 07-Apr-2019 at 16:56

Gautama Siddharta Buddha, considered the founder of Buddhism, is generally accepted to have been born in Nepal ( Lumbini near Kapilavastu) somewhere around 500 BC. 
In contrast, the Indian researcher dr. Ranajit Pal argues that Buddha was actually born in the region of Sistan ( Iran/Afghanistan) also known as Sakastan. Some of his papers are published in academic journals.
He is not the first researcher proposing this but he presents new arguments and evidence ( archaeological findings, ancient Persian, Greek, Indian and even Arabic sources). He identifies Gautama with a ruler/prince in Persia named Gaumata Maga. According to a Persian inscription, this Gaumata had challenged Darius the Great and had established a new religion. Buddhism would have spread from Iran/Afghanistan to the Indian subcontinent and not vice-versa.
I don’t argue for or against it but some of the presented material is challenging. For the interested:

Edited by Sander - 07-Apr-2019 at 17:34
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