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Gautama Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama, Shakyamuni, Buddha, Awakened One, Enlightened One), born in Nepal and lived mostly in India, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. Scholars are hesitant to make unqualified claims about the historical facts of the Buddha's life.
Gautama is the primary figure in Buddhism and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition and first committed to writing about 400 years later.