The Silk Road Empire That Imagined Hercules as Buddha’s Guardian

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Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History
Published in
11 min readApr 12, 2024

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Buddha‘s sermon at Deer Park, Sarnath, from the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian. Source: Wikimedia

In 2008, during my first trip to Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Asian Art. There’s a gallery on Buddhist iconography. One of the panels titled “The First Sermon at the Deer Park in Sarnath” shows the Buddha seated beneath a…

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Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History

Top writer in History, Science, Art, Food, and Culture. Interested in lost civilizations and human evolution. Contact: prateekdasgupta@gmail.com