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The Buddha loses his mother to death one week after his birth, and is entrusted to his aunt Gautama, who will act as nursemaid-guardian to him. This episode in the Lalita had amusing repercussions, since the Hindus matched all their legends about divine babies to the story of the Buddha in Gautama's arms. For example, they applied it to the baby Krishna (popular Hindu deity, eighth incarnation of Vishnu) legend which, by the way, is also is very reminiscent of Hercules in Western mythology. Interestingly, the incident of the strangling of the serpents is also to be found in the Veda (Hindu sacred scripture).


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