Thank you for the insight, Rossum.
I’ve been reading about Buddhism in Art History, and I’m expected to read ‘The Hare’s Self Sacrifice’ in my Global Lit class this semester, so I want to make sure I know what I’m catching up on.
Something closer to the story of Jesus’ sacrifice is the tale of the Prince and the Hungry Tigress where the Buddha in a previous life found a starving Tigress, about to eat her cubs. He threw himself down in front of her, but she was too weak from hunger to kill him, so he broke off a sharp piece of bamboo (he carried no weapons of course) and cut his own throat in order to feed the tigress with his flesh and save both her and her cubs.
Fascinating. In a way, it is kinda foreshadowing of what Christ would accomplish, except that Christ was crucified on a cross for the sins of the world so that the world may know of his sacrifice and his love, and rose again, and commanded his apostles to share and proclaim the heart of the gospel, and ascended to heaven.
Hope you don’t mind if I did a little comparison there for you.