Religion: The Sacred Bo

When enlightenment first came to Gautama Buddha, 2,400 years ago, he was sitting under a Bo tree. Buddha's tree has been an object of reverence, ever since, and its offspring still stands amid ancient ruins at Anuradhapura, Ceylon, where it was brought in 246 B.C. Among Buddha's 150,000,000 followers word was spreading last week, however, that the sacred Bo was withering, and the prognosis looked bad. Adoring pilgrims knew only one thing to do: as generations of them had done before, they poured gallons of milk around its trunk.


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