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The prophecy of the seer Asita, slate relief from the Gandhara region, 3rd/4th century AD (Museum Rietberg, Zurich; Inv. No. RVI 11)

Asita was a hermit ascetic of ancient India in the 6th century BCE. He is best known for having predicted that Prince Siddhartha of Kapilavastu would either become a great king (chakravarti) or become a supreme religious leader (Buddha).[1]