Siddhartha Gautama was an Indian prince between the 4th and 6th century. For a long time, Siddhartha had never left his castle. One day, his friend took him out to see the world. As they traveled, Siddhartha came across an old man, a sick man, and a dead man. As he passed by these people, he asked his friend if he would end up like these men someday. And of course, his friend told him that he would end up like this someday. Because of this, Siddhartha decided that he was unsatisfied with life, and went on to live an ascetic life with five other men. One day, a young girl offered him a bowl of rice, and he accepted it. As he ate, he realized that the way he was living was not the way to live. So he left the ascetic life. When the five men realized this, they left him. For a long amount of time, Siddhartha wandered until he found the Bodhi tree. He meditated under this tree until he found Nirvana, or enlightenment. From that moment on, Siddhartha had become the Buddha. He created a new religion called Buddhism. The same five men who left him when he left the ascetic life became some of his first followers. With this religion, your gender, race, background, was unimportant. You could be a priest from the top of the social pyramid, or an outcast that was not even ranked. This religion welcomes everyone. And this religion has influenced many other religions.