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Locked in an Ivory Edifice


Prince Siddhartha Gautama was the scion of a family of warrior-kings in northern India. He was being indoctrinated for the time when he would assume his father’s throne. Growing up in an atmosphere of opulence, the young Prince was constantly shielded from the cruel realities of the world. An army of obsequious  servants and tutors catered  to his every desire, providing Siddhartha with instruction in riding, fencing, dancing, and painting – while lavishing fulsome praise upon him. It wasn’t until the Prince was thirty that he took the first step which led to his becoming the Buddha, one of the world’s greatest spiritual leaders.

  • scion- a descendant of a notable family
  • indoctrinated- teach (a person or group) to accept a set of beliefs uncritically
  • opulence- great wealth or luxuriousness
  • obsequious- obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
  • servile – seperti budak
  • catered- provide food and drink, typically at social events and in a professional capacity
  • fencing- main anggar
  • lavish- sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious.
  • sumptuous – mewah
  • fulsome – munafik, memuakkan

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