How much is known to support, to refute, or to expand upon the following viewpoint?
The Buddha shaved his head like all his bhikkhus.
Supposed reasons to backup this viewpoint are:
- There are references in the Pali Canon where someone calls Gotama a shaven-headed recluse.
- There are other references, like in the Ariyapariyesana Sutta (MN 26), where The Buddha explains that he shaved his head when he went forth.
- Buddhism arose during an an-iconic period, so depictions of the Buddha were frowned upon.
- Artistic depictions of the Buddha are relics of the Ghandara Buddha-statues, created long after the Buddha's death.
- This representation was spread to other Buddhist regions over time.
Quite curious what can be said about this topic.