If this 15-year-old Nepali boy, Ram Bahadur Bamjon, is the reincarnation of Buddha – and some 100,000 devotees are betting on it after the teen’s been meditating for six months without food or water in a village near Kathmandu – then we’re a believer. A side-by-side comparison of Buddha (above) and Bamjon (below) tells you the life-after-death thing is at least worth looking into. If just for its slimming properties.
“He sits motionless from dawn to dusk when visitors are allowed to see him,” said a local journalist at Bamjon’s encampment. “This demands something.” But he has doubts Bamjon is an incarnation of Buddha. “We don’t know what he does at night. This must be investigated.” The boy’s mother, who perhaps only coincidentally has the same name as Buddha’s mother, describes her son as a quiet boy who kept aloof from friends.
Such disquieting news from Mom casts a shadow over the light and suggests the zen hottie could be either a god or a serial killer.