Shākya ［釈迦族］ (; Shaka-zoku): A tribe that lived in the area along the modern Indian–Nepalese border in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. Shakyamuni Buddha came from this tribe; his name, Shakyamuni, means “sage of the Shākyas.” According to tradition, the Shākyas were descended from a royal family that belonged to the Kshatriyas, the warrior or ruling class, the second highest of the four castes in ancient Indian society. They had their capital at Kapilavastu. In Shakyamuni’s time, the Shākyas were subjects of their adjacent kingdom, Kosala. During Shakyamuni’s later years, the majority of the Shākya tribe was destroyed by Kosala’s king Virūdhaka.