A silent, long-haired, white-robed teenager regarded as a reincarnation of Buddha has reappeared.

The New Buddha

The New Buddha

Believers say Ram Bahadur Bomjan has been meditating without food and water since he was first spotted in the jungles of southern Nepal in 2005. Since then, he had often gone missing for months at a time, reappearing in different holy places, thus increasing his Buddha-reincarnated status.

During his meditation, Buddha Boy spent months without moving, sitting with his eyes closed beneath a tree, with no food or water. In 2007, the Discovery Channel documentary was able

to film Ram continuously for 96 hours, day and night, during which time he did not drink any fluids or eat any food. According to scientists on the documentary, an average person would be expected to die from kidney failure after 4 days without drinking any fluids. The boy showed no signs of classical physical deterioration caused by dehydration. At a close inspection conducted by the filming crew around the tree where Ram was sitting, no hidden water pipes or food stashes were found.

In the Guinness Book of Records, the longest time a human has survived without water is 18 days.