Buddhist Mythology

The Gods and Bodhisvattas of Enlightenment...

DEVADATTA

Indian Evil God

The evil cousin and jealous rival of Buddha

Just call him the anti-Buddha. He did everything he could think of in the way of dirty tricks and booby traps to kill Buddha, but he was always thwarted. Mercenaries got converted, rogue elephants paid homage. He even attempted to poison him via toenail. Nothing ever went according to plan.

As he made a last personal attack on Buddha armed to the teeth, he was booby-trapped himself and vanished into a fiery mouth hidden in the ground, which opened up and swallowed him.

Devadatta Facts and Figures

Name: Devadatta
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Evil
Area of expertise: Evil

Good/Evil Rating: BAD, best avoided
Popularity index: 763

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Article last revised on September 20, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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