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Siddhārtha Gautama (SanskritPaliSiddhattha Gotama) was a spiritualteacher in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent who foundedBuddhism.[1] He is generally seen by Buddhists as the Supreme Buddha(Sammāsambuddha) of our age. The time of his birth and death are uncertain: most early 20th-century historians dated his lifetime as c. 563 BCE to 483 BCE; more recently, however, at a specialist symposium on this question,[2] the majority of those scholars who presented definite opinions gave dates within 20 years either side of 400 BCE for the Buddha’s death, with others supporting earlier or later dates.

Gautama, also known as Śākyamuni or Shakyamuni (“sage of the Shakyas“), is the key figure in Buddhism, and accounts of his life, discourses, and monasticrules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to Gautama were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years later. Early Western scholarship tended to accept the biography of the Buddha presented in the Buddhist scriptures as largely historical, but currently “scholars are increasingly reluctant to make unqualified claims about the historical facts of the Buddha’s life and teachings.”[3]


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Cowry, also sometimes spelled cowrie, plural cowries, is the common name for a group of small to large seasnailsmarine gastropod mollusks in the family Cypraeidae, the cowries. The word cowry is also often used to refer only to the shells of these snails, which overall are often shaped more or less like an egg, except that they are rather flat on the underside.

Many people throughout history have found (and still find) the very rounded, shiny, porcelain-like shells of cowries pleasing to look at and to handle. Indeed the term “porcelain” derives from the old Italian term for the cowrie shell (porcellana) due to their similar translucent appearance.[1] Shells of certain species have historically been used as currency in several parts of the world, as well as being used, in the past and present, very extensively in jewellery, and for other decorative and ceremonial purposes.

Some species in the family Ovulidae are also often referred to as cowries. In the British Isles the local Triviaspecies (family Triviidae, species Trivia monacha and Trivia arctica) are sometimes called cowries. The Ovulidae and the Triviidae are somewhat closely related to the Cypraeidae.

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Geronimo is said to have had magical powers. He could see into the future, walk without creating footprints and even hold off the dawn to protect his own. This Apache Indian warrior and his band of 37 followers defied federal authority for more than 25 years.


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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 87,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 161 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 221 posts. There were 462 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 103mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was October 5th with 1 views. The most popular post that day was Phra Somdej Wat Rakang Pim Phra Prathan.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were sitemeter.com, en.wordpress.com, WordPress Dashboard, facebook.com, and baidu.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for jatukam 2530, 松年法师, phra khun paen, khun paen, and jatukam.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Phra Somdej Wat Rakang Pim Phra Prathan October 2010


Tibetan Dzi bead Heaven and Earth 天地天珠/一眼天珠 August 2009


Jatukham Rammathep 2530 拾到金 December 2008


Avalokiteśvara 觀世音菩萨 August 2009

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