Of all the stories about the Buddha’s life, there’s one I haven’t been able to make much sense of… that he sprung from his mother’s side.
Maybe it sounds too much like the other end of an immaculate conception to me, or something like that.
I wonder if what actually happened was that a c-section was required. I have no idea about the medical technologies at the time, but it could also very well explain her death just a few days later. Or having a baby spring from your side could explain it just as well!