Part of the entire 400 year exercise of arguing about the goat on the long tether (e.g. who owns the goat, the negligent herder who put the goat on a long tether, the farmer upon whose field the goat wandered and fed, and what of the goat's milk, and the MEAT - if sacrificed - e.g. who will god favor - herder or farmer, and the milk stops if the meat is taken... &ct.) is the development of critical thinking and the extension of reasoning into the abstract.
With Buddhism, there was a different development of critical thinking and extending of reasoning into the abstract. The idea of nurturing the emergence of consciousness was held in common but the method of development unique.
The cardinal points in the Occident are four: 1) North, 2) South, 3) East, and 4) West.
The cardinal points in the Orient are five: 1) North, 2) South, 3) East, 4) West, and 5) HERE.
Now look at that old silver cross - 5 points.
Mysia, 480 BCE