Gotama - Is a religious leader also known as Buddha. Gotama teaches many of his followers the Eightfold Path because he is said to have found or attained Nirvana. On Siddhartha and his friend Govinda's journey they seek after Gotama so that they might attain Nirvana. Govinda ends up following him in search for enlightenment, but Siddhartha goes on because he realizes that the things Gotama teaches don't really help others achieve enlightenment although he was able to find it through the same steps and paths.