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The prophecy of the seer Asita
, slate relief from Gandhara
, 3rd/4th century AD (Rietberg Museum
, 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 chakravartin or become a supreme religious leader; Siddhartha was later known as Gautama Buddha.