Saturday, March 11, 2006

Mystery "Buddha" boy goes missing

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police began hunting on Saturday for a teenaged boy who some people believe is an reincarnation of Buddha after he disappeared from the site where he had been meditating for almost 10 months.

Fifteen-year-old Ram Bahadur Bamjon has not been seen since early Saturday, said Hari Krishna Khatiwada, a district official of Bara, 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Kathmandu.

The boy had been meditating there without food or water since May. Some of his followers are also missing.

"So far we have found no trace of them," Khatiwada said.

Sitting cross-legged beneath a "pipal" tree, which is sacred to Hindus, Bomjon drew more than 100,000 people to the dense forests in southeastern Nepal.

But visitors were only allowed to see him from 50 metres (165 feet) away and the boy was hidden from public view at night behind a curtain drawn by his followers.

2 Comments:

Blogger Nurse Mia said...

Hmmmm... What an unusual story! Did he go missing during his night away from the crowd or did he disappear from in front of the crowd?

6:19 AM  
Blogger Echo Mouse said...

I have the same questions as Mia. It's been a while since I heard anything about him but this is very odd. Not at all the way I expected things to turn out.

11:11 PM  

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