Hey guys.. I have to admit that I'm not too familiar with the specifics of buddhism, but I've always thought that the first buddha (first human to reach satori and all) was a normal human, a prince, that discovered old age, suffering etc.. was shocked and went on his spiritual path from there. In a nutshell. However, I was reading through some posts in the Christianity forum and there is this thread about the virgin Mary.. someone posted a lonnnng article about it that among a lot of other things stated that: "However, there are two types of virgin births found in the world's religions. One type, as in the conception and birth of Jesus and Buddha, involves the Holy Spirit inducing the pregnancy in a virgin without engaging in intercourse. The other type involves an actual physical God interacting with a virgin in some way." So.. Siddharta Gautama's mom was a virgin that got impregnated with some kind of divine spirit? Does anyone have some more information on this, 'cause it feels a tad bit too mythical for such a down-to-earth believe as buddhism... (here is the whole virgin thread: http://www.hipforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60969 .. the post I'm talking about is the long one on the 3rd page).