Sunday, March 12, 2006

Buddha Boy slips away

250 km south of Kathmandu: The weekend disappearance of a Nepalese boy whom supporters hail as a reincarnation of Buddha has sparked a nationwide search.

Supporters have showered 16-year-old Ram Bahadur Banjan with money and gifts for allegedly sitting in motionless meditation in the roots of a fig tree without taking food or water, or using the toilet, since May 16 last year.

The youth, dubbed Buddha Boy by the media, left the site in southern Nepal because the thousands of devotees who flocked there had disturbed his meditation, local media reported yesterday.

A search using plainclothes police and civilians failed to find the boy, but he had reportedly been spotted in nearby jungle.

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