Buddha, Barlaam and Josaphat

Greetings on the feast day of Saint Barlaam and Saint Josaphat.

Josaphat (13th Century Mt Athos manuscript)

The spooky thing about this is I only this morning read a book review which referenced these two saints, popped online to read more about them, and found that today is their feast day (at least in the Greek Orthodox Church).

The story of Barlaam and Josaphat is syncreticism at its wackiest best: the Buddha adopted as a Christian saint via an Islamic tradition.