Buddhism, the ancient tradition with over 300 million followers that started 6th century BC was founded by a black man.

Angkor Wat Buddha with African features meditating

Although modern images and statues portray the image of Buddha as a man with Asian or Indian features, the original was undoubtedly a man with African features.

A great resource for discovering the African origins of many Gods and ancient traditions around the world is the book Black Gods by Dr. Supreme Understanding. This is where I found these references in regards to the original Buddha being a black man.

A British Historian by the name of Godfrey Higgins explains in his book Anacalypsis (1836) how Buddha came from the indigenous “negroes” of ancient India:

“The mountaineers [of India] most resemble Negroes in their countenances and their hair. The natives of the hilly districts of Bengal and Bahar can hardly be distinguished by their features from the modern Ethiopians. All this accords very well with my theory respecting the Black Buddha. It has been observed that the figures in all the old caves of India have the appearance of Negroes. This tends to prove not only the extreme antiquity of the caves but also the original Negro character of the natives.”

Buddha, Thailand, 800 A.D.
Central Vietnamese Buddah statue

In a book called Folk-Lore (1900) William Crooke provides more conformation that the Gods of ancient India are obviously of African or negroid origins:

“Now it has been often noticed that some of the forms of the Indian Buddha and other black Hindu gods are of a distinctively negroid type, representing the deity with thick lips, long hanging ear lobes, and black curly hair which cannot be referred to any existing Indian people.

Dr. Waddell describes the Lama of Tibet as a man with short curly hair, like the conventional images of Buddha; the courtiers depicted in the rock paintings of the Ajanta caves have fair or dark brown curly hair, while the attendants are black with curly negroid hair, and some are dwarfs; the images of the Jaina saint Guatama have crisp curly hair, thick lips and black skin. The enlargement of the ear lobe has also been noticed.”