We know little more than the names of his peers, the redeemers before and after him:
But more astonishing is, that the remaining 7 Redeemer probably were historical persons, men of flesh and blood. Today every one of them is a designated founders of a religion. Imagine the 7 religious founders in the same room! Would they get along?
In fact, some of the religious founder were almost contemporaries. Around the year 500 B.C.E. there was a heyday of religions in India, China, Europe and the Middle East.
Some of the 9 Saviors knew about each other and about the older Egyptian religion and the Greco-Roman religion. We can only guess today, if Zoroaster was influenced by Krishna or respectively Jesus by Buddha or Krishna.
I have allowed myself to evaluate the 9 religions in the chart according to their position towards humanism:
- humanistic man:
There is no personal god, but humanistic values
- humanistic gods:
There is a god/there are gods, but the trend is towards humanistic values
- authoritarian gods:
There is a god/there are gods, and the trend isn’t towards humanistic values
Depending, where you draw the line, there are many other candidates. Some suggestions:
- Nanak Dev
- La Vey
- Marcus Aurelius
- Martin Luther
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Karl Marx
- Max More
- Nebuchadnezzar II
- Rudolf Steiner
- Veda Vyasa
- Zeno of Citium
By the way: My eurocentric world view was shaken, when writing this post. Just the right thing before a world tour (-;
- Wikipedia about founders of religions, as well as many related links
- Essay about Zarathustra, Buddha, Sokrates and Mohammed
- Essay about Konfuzius, Sokrates, Buddha (and Jesus)
- Beliefnet with the Belief-O-Matic
- Religious Tolerance overview of religions
- Religion Facts overview of religions
- Patheos overview of religions