Buddhism arose from observations reported by Gautama Buddha, who had reached enlightenment. Because enlightenment involves understanding the world in a way that is more complete than is possible for minds which aren’t enlightened, that knowledge or point of view can seem magical or essentially powerful. Religions are concerned with those questions about the world which have no obvious answer, so the observations of an enlightened person can seem to be religious in nature. People have a fundamental urge to acknowledge the sacred in the world, and when an enlightened person speaks of deep truths, others tend to want to place the person, not just the truths, on a pedestal. Most religions require that adherents believe and adhere to a creed or a formal statement of religious belief, but Buddhism does not, so it isn’t really a religion, though it does garner veneration from people who recognize that the Buddha espoused deep and remarkable truths.