Jun 052012

A previous post discussed the Roman Toga.

The Toga is wrapped from under the right arm,

up and over to the left side of the body,

where it hangs on the left shoulder.

The Toga does not cover the right arm or right shoulder.

This picture shows a Buddhist Monk wearing a robe.

 The Buddhist robes and the Toga are similar.

The Buddhist Robe is also wrapped from under the right arm,

over and up to the left side of the body,

where it hangs on the left shoulder.

The Buddhist Robe also leaves the right arm and shoulder exposed.

The previous post discussing the Toga claimed the design of the Toga was based on sensations produced by a human body that had been changed in a particular way. That post claimed the Toga looks the way it does because it visually mimics what those invisible sensations inside of the body feel like.

Buddhism is associated with Asian countries, which are 1000’s of miles away from the country of Greece. The fact that human beings in a country 1000’s of miles away from where the Toga was invented,

created a type of clothing that looks almost exactly like the Toga,

is corroboration for the claim the Toga is based on sensations from within the human body.

The fact that Asian people are geographically located 1000’s of miles away from Greece does not change the fact that Asian people have the exact same human body that Greek people do.

Their Asian human bodies could of course change in the exact same ways that Greek human bodies would. And since the Buddhist Robe and the Greek Toga look almost exactly alike, it seems reasonable to believe the same sequence of events leading to the creation of the Greek Toga, also led to the creation of the Buddhist Robe.

Some ancient Asian person felt sensations within their body as if something was wrapping from the right side of their body over to the left side of their body, but not wrapping around the right arm and shoulder.

That person then created the Buddhist Robes to mimic those sensations.

  5 Responses to “Buddhist Monk Robes”

  1. i dont know what you mean be changes in the body, and i can not speak to Togas, but Buddhist robes and and those of hindi vedics do serve to limit temptations of the flesh in that they are designed to be the simplest and most humble clothing possible, few if any seams, no trim or elaborate woven patterns, dyed saffron brown or grey because those were the cheapest dyes, essentially as a Buddhist monk, you have no possessions, not even clothes, your body is wrapped in a sheet for modesty and you wear simple sandals or slippers to protect your feet, though often monks choose to go barefoot as to not become attached to their sandals. The Trappings of Buddhists monks and Vedics are a conscious exercise in humility and simplicity, a reflection of the path they have chosen

    • I would advise you to consider politics and human behavior before you actually believe what you say.

      Anyone with strength and power is threat to those who control a culture. If monks become strong and powerful they become a threat. Those who control cultures respond to threats with death.

      So if you are a strong and powerful monk who does not want to become the target of a pogrom by those currently in control of the culture, what would you do?

      Present yourself as weak, humble, and no threat at all.

      If you wanted to live that is. If you didn’t care if you died then you would go around telling people how strong you are, then wait for the government forces to show up to remove the threat you represent.

      An adult perspective is going to change about 90% of what you currently believe.

  2. its also worth noting there really is no design to a toga or a Buddhist Kasaya, it is essentially a a sheet wrapped about the body and draped over the shoulder so that it doesn’t come undone, this is hand down the simplest type of clothing to make, it serves one minimalist function, to hide the body, and i would attest that its simplicity is the reason you see it all over the world, not just in Greece and Asia, but similar garments are found in Ancient norse and celtic cultures, through out the pacific islands, and even in south america, as for the reason they are draped over the left shoulder, it is pure speculation, but i would venture to guess that it has something to do with the fact that most humans are right handed so when you dress yourself using your right hand it would be the most natural to toss it across your body over your left shoulder.

    • Maybe when your body has been changed by Kung Fu you will be able to understand what I am saying?

      Or maybe you are disagreeing just to sow doubt in the mind of others? To prevent them from learning about real Kung Fu?

  3. I ve been wondering about the similarities between the greek toga and the buddhist monks robe. Actually the distance between the old greeks and the buddhists wasnt so big. Alexander the great and his follow up ruled buddhist lands for a long time. The greek influence on early buddhist culture is well known. The first images of the buddha were heavily greek influenced. Just look it up under greco buddhism. So i dont find it hard to beloeve that the greek toga was an example for the buddhist robe.

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