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Buddhism: World religion founded by the Buddha
Buddhism is the world's fourth-largest religion with over 520 million followers, or over 7% of the global population, known as Buddhists. Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on original teachings attributed to the Buddha and resulting interpreted philosophies. It originated in ancient India as a Sramana tradition sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries BCE, spreading through much of Asia. Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada and Mahayana.

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Buddhist festival held without spectators in Sri Lanka [Video]

Buddhist festival held without spectators in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's annual Esala Perahera festival is held in the inland city of Kandy.View on euronews

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