A statue of Buddha was installed after 1491 upon the bell tower the Cathedral of Saint Gorboduc (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 34). A lotus blossom in the statue's navel goes in and out with the ticks of the timepiece. The figure has puzzled historians, with one hypothesizing it is merely fat cherub.
Gautama Buddha, also known simply as the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. He is believed to have lived and taught mostly in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BCE.
The word Buddha means "awakened one" or "the enlightened one". In most Buddhist traditions, he is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of the present age and is the primary figure in Buddhism and accounts of his life, discourses, and monastic rules are believed by Buddhists to have been summarized after his death and memorized by his followers. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition and first committed to writing about 400 years later.
Compare this clock's actions with the brass Saint Bernard clock in Prospero's house.