In this article, we will identify the Buddha and early Buddhist as descendants of Hebrew Israelites.
It is not the intention of the information presented to encourage or promote the practice of the buddhist religion, as it is extremely pagan. However, an understanding of the history of the originators of Buddhism will help us to better understand the historical Israelite presence and influence in the Far East.
HOW DO WE KNOW BUDDHA AND BUDDHIST WERE ISRAELITES?
Perhaps unknown to the majority of people, the original Buddha and Buddhists were descendants of the Hebrew Israelites. Despite the many extreme pagan elements of the Buddhists faith, it remains a fact that it was a religion developed by Hebrew Israelite descendants who had migrated all over the world. A brief review of Israelite history will help us to better understand how there could possibly exist any connection between the ancient Israelites and the pagan Buddhists of the East. I assure you that after a brief overview of the post-Assyrian-captivity history, with the use of some visual aids and maps, it will be very clear to see that the early Buddha and Buddhists were indeed Hebrew Israelites (although pagan/gentile in spirituality).
“Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 16:13-14
“Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.” – 2 Kings 17:13
“They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever” – Jeremiah 25:5
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.” – Jeremiah 7:3
The majority of the Israelite Buddhists were the product of the Northern Kingdom of Israel’s betrayal of the worship of the true God, I AM (Exodus 3:13-15, Ezra 9:7). As a result of their adoption of the worship of new gods, as introduced to the Israelites by King Solomon and the nations of his gentile wives, the Northern Kingdom of Israel was removed from their homeland, (“the sight/focus” of the Most High God,) by the ancient Assyrian nation around 721 BC.
“For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them. Until the LORD removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.” – 2 Kings 17:22-23
“In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.” – 2 Kings 17:6
“And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgathpilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.” – 1 Chronicles 5:26
“And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.” – Jeremiah 3:7
“And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.” – 2 Kings 23:27
“And I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their enemies” – 2 Kings 21:14
Since both the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah decided to worship the gods of other nations, the Most High God allowed the Assyrians to conquer the Israelites and take them captive in the territories under Assyrian and Persian control. There, the Israelites could continue to worship the lesser gods of the other nations instead of doing it in the Holy Land.
Interestingly enough, the same paganism practiced by the Israelites in their homeland, was continued in the lands of their captivity. The Israelites who were deported into Assyria and Persia/Media, were still worshipping the Sun-god, Baal, that they began worshipping in Egypt and Israel.
“And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy… Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord’s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.” – Ezekiel 8:3, 14-16
The Zoroastrianism of ancient Media/Persia is rooted in Sun/Fire worship. The Israelites in Iran became known as the Saka/Sakai/Sakasuni (son’s of Isaac) and as through passed through the country into India, they introduced these same Persian worships into India. Sakyamuni (Sage of the Saka/Scythian clan) is the individual credited with the introduction of the blend of Scythian and Zoroastrian mystical beliefs to India. He was called the Buddha, and his religion, Buddhism. Buddhism seems to have been heavily influenced by Zoroastrianism:
After living amongst the Assyrians and Persians for many generations, after being removed from the Holy Land, the Israelites became accustomed to these Pagan worships.
“And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord‘s house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east…
Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.” – Ezekiel 8:15-17
Those Israelites living in the Persian Empire, later, influenced parts of India, the home of Buddha and Buddhism. Moreover, the history of the Israelites, in relation to the Scythians, seems to bring us to the conclusion that the Buddha himself was also an Israelite.
“The Israelites were scattered and settled in five different areas throughout the Assyrian Empire and maybe even more. However, our focus will be the areas further to the east where some of the tribes of Israel were sent such as Hara and the possible vassal states to Assyria, which were Magan and Meluhha. These areas just mentioned were located in Aria/Hara and in the Indus valley or in India itself. Now from these areas emerged a people known as the Saka or Scythians. These various Saka/Scythian tribes were none other then the exiles or the descendents of the exiles from the northern Kingdom of Israel. The name Saka is a form of the name Isaac for the consonants S-C or S-K and we must understand that in Hebrew no vowels were listed. These various Saka/Scythian tribes eventually migrated to the east entering into what is today the nation of India particular the northwestern part of India. However, some seem to have penetrated and settled in what is today the nation of Nepal, and this is where are investigation begins on origins of the one called Buddha.” – Was Buddha an Israelite?, By Cam Rea
However, how can we be sure that the Buddha himself was indeed a descendant of the Scythians and Israelites?
CLICK TO READ – The Scythian Israelites: Aryans in Africa and Abroad
- VARIOUS HISTORIANS CONIFIRM THE ORIGINAL BUDDHA WAS NEGRO (WE KNOW THE NEGRO IS NOT FROM HAM BUT SHEM).
- THE FIRST BUDDHA, SHAKYAMUNI, IS FROM THE SHAKA/SAKA CLAN
- THE SHAKA CLAN WAS A BRANCH OF SCYTHIANS AND SCYTHIANS ARE KNOWN TO BE ISRAELITES.
“To return, however, to the history of Buddha we find among the Brahmins an acknowledgement of his divinity as an avatar, or incarnation of divine wisdom; and a history of his as such. In the first place, Buddha was a Negro—or rather he was what we should now call a Negro if we saw him. His statues in the oldest temples of Asia are black as jet, with the flat face, thick lips, and curly hair of the negro; in some cases the stone is black, in others, which is more to the purpose, it has been blackened, and that this is not the effect of accident is pretty evident from his teeth and the whites of his eyes being white and his lips red. Buddha has many different names, sixteen altogether; three of the chief ones are Buddha, Gautama, Saman.” – The Eagle, Volume 7, PG 147
“The learned Maurice says, “Cushites, that is, Celts, built the great temples in India and Britain and excavated the caves of the former.” And the learned mathematician, Ruben Barrow, has no hesitation in pronouncing Stonehenge to be a temple of the black, curly-headed Buddha.” Massey says, as regards this, “It is certain that the Black Buddha of India was imaged in the Negroid type.”” – The Crisis, Feb 1940, PG 40
KING JAMES ENGLAND AND ASIA KNEW BUDDAH WAS BLACKAMORE CALLED SHAKA
“In 1683, an English visitor to Japan, Christopher Fryke, wrote that Japanese aesthetics were ‘directly opposite to ours, taking Black to be the Livery of Mirth and Pleasantness, an White of Grief and Mourning.’ Indeed, some Japanese representations portrayed the Buddha as both black and African. Describing the image of Sakyamuni Buddha in a letter to King James, merchant Richard Cocks wrote in 1616: ‘[I]n a littell Closet or Cubbard, was a negro or a blackamore’s image, wch they tould me was the Idoll of Shacka [Shaka; the Buddha], the Cheefe god the[y] Adore …” (cited in Leupp 1995: 4). This association of black Africans with the Buddha lasted well into the nineteenth century, though by then some Japanese had begun to doubt the wisdom of venerating the representative of an inferior people.” – Japan’s Minorities: The Illusion of Homogeneity, edited by Michael Weine, PG 91-92
Another clear indication that the Buddha was Negro, besides these previous quotes, is from the fact that one of Buddhas names was Sambo.
“In Nepal, Colonel Kirkpatrick found Maha Muni, Maha Deo, or Buddha, under the name of Sumbo or Sambo Nath; that is, the Lord Sam Bo.” – The Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British India and Its …, Volume 1, On the religion of Buddha, PG 20
Sambo, the black racist stereotype, is actually the image of the black Buddha and many other eastern black gods. The black face and red lips of Sambo confirm his Negro origin.
Whether Sambo/Buddha is identified as a Scythian or Dravidian is irrelevant in reference to his bloodline connection to the Israelites. Both Scythians and Dravidians are descendants of the biblical Israelites. They existed as different branches of the same Israelite families, migrating into foreign lands at different times. These separate branches ended up meeting each other again, many generations later, in India. However, the name Shakyamuni, another name for Buddha, points toward a Scythian origin for the Negro Buddha. Shakyamuni is a compound word from shakya, meaning shaka/saka/sacae or Scythian, and muni, meaning Sage/mystic or adept. Thus, Shakyamuni, the Negro Buddha Sambo, was known as the Sage/Mystic of the Scythians/Shakya clan.
“…the historical Buddha, known in Japanese as Shakasama (because he was a member of the Shaka clan) or as Shakyamuni (“sage of the Shaka”).” – Kyoto: A Cultural History, By John Dougill, PG 39
“The culture of the black Dravidians underlies the whole culture of India, whose greatest religious leader is often limned as black and curly-haired. According to Massey: “It is certain that the Black Buddha of India was imaged in the Negroid type. In the black Negro God, whether called Buddha or Sut-Nahsi we have a datum. They carry their color in the proof of their origin. The people who first fashioned and worshipped the divine image in the Negroid mould of humanity must, according to all knowledge of human nature, have been Negroes themselves. For blackness is not merely mystical, the features and hair of Buddha belong to the black race and Nahsi is the Negro name.” – W.E.B. Du Bois on Asia: Crossing the World Color Line, By William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, PG 10
SHAYAMUNI BUDDHA IS FROM THE SHAKA (SCYTHIAN) CLAN
“Gautama Buddha was a member of the Shakya tribe.” – Shams-i-bala and the Historical Shambhala Kingdom,
“…The evidence of the early texts suggests that Siddhārtha Gautama was born into the Shakya clan, a community that was on the periphery, both geographically and culturally, of the northeastern Indian subcontinent in the 5th century BCE… Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni, or simply the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE. The word Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one”. “Buddha” is also used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha (Pali sammāsambuddha, Sanskrit samyaksaṃbuddha) of our age… ” – Gautama Buddha, Wikipedia
“Sakya (Shakya): derived or descended from the Sakas, from whom the historical Buddha came, whence his honorific Sakymuni. “Sage of the Sakyas.” Many people of the Sakya tribe followed the Buddha after his enlightenment… Professor Michael Witzel – one of the world’s leading Indologists – said: “The name of the Buddha’s clan, the Sakya (Skt. s’aakya [i.e. śākya]), cannot be separated from the designation of the northern Iranian Saka (Skt. S’aka [i.e. śaka]) that entered India only after c. 140 BC via Sistan.”” – Backhand Shambhala Blogspot
“An effort has been made to trace Buddha himself to a Scythic origin. He belonged to a royal stock of Sákyas; and the Chinese records supply an intermediate link between his birthplace in Bengal and the supposed home of his race in Central Asia. It is inferred from them that a branch of the Scythian hordes who overran western Asia about 625 B.C. made its way to Patala on the Indus, the site selected by Alexander in 325 B.C. for his headquarters in that delta, and still the capital of Sind under the name of Hyderabad. One portion of these Patala Scythians went westwards by the Persian Gulf to Assyria; another section eventually moved north-east into the Gangetic valley, and became the Sákyas of Kapilavastu, among whom Buddha was born” – 1902 Encyclopedia
“Shakyamuni (Sakyamuni) is the name given to the historical Buddha. In Japan he is known as Shakuson, or more commonly Shaka or Shaka Nyorai, meaning “the Buddha.”… Gautama, also known as Śākyamuni or Shakyamuni (“sage of the Shakyas”), is the key figure in Buddhism…
Greek scytha = Persian saka = Sanskrit shakya = Japanese shaka.” – Scythian Sages: Buddha
The Buddha, of Scythian (Sakya/Saka/Sacae) origin, was also known to be a ‘Negro’ in his appearance. Scythians were descendants of Israelites who are also known to be, originally, ‘Negro’ in appearance. As a result, knowing the history of the lineal bloodline descent from the Israelites to Scythian/Sakya tribes makes it less surprising that Buddha would actually be Negro.
THE BUDDHA AND THE EARL Y BUDDHIST WERE ISRAELITES
In the book Anacalypsis Godfrey Higgins states that the Jews (of the Kingdom of Judah) of Asia minor were a tribe and colony of black Buddhistsfrom India.
“We must also remember that Solomon, an incarnation of wisdom, is closely connected withthe wisdom of the Buddhists… Thus we have the mount or house or habitation of Solomon or Solyma in India, or the country of Ioud, or of Daud-poutri, or of the sons of David; in Persia, the Madré Solyma, and the same also in Palestine and in Asia Minor; and all, in some way or other, connected with the tribe of Ioudi. Can any one believe all this to be the effect of accident? Solomon was the personification or incarnation of wisdom, and the Jews of Asia Minor were a tribe or colony from India, of black Buddhists, at or about the same time with the Ioudi to Syria, under the Brahmin.” – Anacalypsis an Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Saitic Isis …, Volume 1, By Godfrey Higgins, PG 413-414
The Buddha, of Scythian (Sakya/Saka/Sacae) origin, was also known to be a ‘Negro’ in his appearance. Scythians were descendants of Israelites who are also known to originally be ‘Negros’ in appearance. As a result, knowing the history of the lineal bloodline descent from Israelite to Scythian/Sakya tribes makes it less surprising that Buddha would actually be Negro. It should also now come as less of a surprise that the early Buddhist who helped spread the Buddhists religion worldwide were also Negro (Israelites).
Moreover, many of the men who translated certain Sanskrit text into Chinese, Korean and Japanese languages, were originally from the Parthian Empire.
“Some pocket of Parthian rule remained in the East, even after the takeover by the Sassanids in 226. From the 2nd century several Central-Asian Buddhist missionaries became in the Chinese capital cities of Loyang and sometimes Nanjing, where they particularly distinguished themselves by their translation work. The first known translators of Buddhist texts into Chinese are actually Parthian missionaries, distinguished in Chinese by their Parthian surname “An”, for “Anshi”, “country of the Arsacids”. – Parthian Kingdom, Wikipedia
- An Shih Kao, was a Parthian prince, who made the first known translations of Hinayana Buddhist texts into Chinese (148–170).
- An Hsuan, was a Parthian merchant who became a monk in China 181 AD.
- Tan-ti (c.254), a Parthian monk.
- An Fajin (281–306), a monk of Parthian origins.
“Medicine used by many in ancient China was believed to have been first brought to Japan by way of Korea around the 5th or 6th Century A.D. By the beginning of 7th Century much information about Chinese medicine had reached Japan. It was not just medicine, Chinese traders also provided knowledge of Buddhism. It is largely because of this connection that during the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1192) periods, medicine was mainly provided by Buddhist Monks.” – Wang Pharmacy
The Parthian Empire was a Persian kingdom in the Northeast of Iran. Persia is known to have a history of Negroid Dynastic rulers whose appearance in Persia is said to have corresponded with the arrival and conquest of the Scythians. Again, it should be remembered that the Scythians were Israelites. These Israelites later travelled into India, founding many different lineages. One of these lineages brought us Shakyamuni Buddha; the pagan Israelite Sambo. The Israelite Buddhists who helps translate and spread Buddhism are one of the many ways that Israelites arrived in the Far East. For more understanding on the Israelite presence in the Far East be sure to read the following related topics:
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