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The wheel of time or wheel of history is a concept in several religions and philosophies, notably religions of Indian origin such as Hinduism later adopted by Buddhism, which regard time as cyclical and consisting of repeating ages. Many other notable cultures also believe in this Wheel of Time: notably, the Q'ero Indians in Peru who are the direct descendants of the Incan empire, as well as the Hopi Indians of Arizona, believe in this cyclical idea of time.
- See Kalachakra for details.
The Wheel of Time or Kalachakra is a Tantric deity that is associated with Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, which encompasses all four main schools of Sakya, Nyingma, Kagyu and Gelug, and is especially important within the lesser-known Jonang tradition.
The Kalachakra tantra prophecies a world within which (religious) conflict is prevalent. A worldwide war will be waged which will see the expansion of the mystical Kingdom of Shambhala led by a messianical king.
In the interview included at the end of the audio versions of his books, author Robert Jordan has stated that his internationally bestselling fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, borrows this concept from Hindu mythology.
The ABC TV series Lost features on its island setting a literal wheel which various characters physically turn to manipulate time. In one instance, the wheel has fallen off of its axis, causing the Island to skip violently back and forth through time.
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