In Jainism tradition, the Tirthankaras lived for thousands of years. Most lived for more than 10,000 years, but Shantinatha, the 16th Jain Tirthankara, was said to have lived for over 100,000 years.
There were a few men in the Chinese religion of Falun Gong who lived over 200 and 300 years. But Chen Jun, born in 881 AD and died in 1325 AD, was 444 years old, making him the oldest in Falun Gong.
The Eight Immortals are a part of the traditional Taoism beliefs. Even though they were immortal and ascended to heaven, Zhang Guo Iao, one of the Eight Immortals, was said to have lived for several hundred years.
Luang Phu Suang, a Buddhist saint, is said to have lived for 500 years. An ascetic living in the jungles of Thailand, he liked to fly kites and watch cock fights. Sometimes he would disappear for no reason, making his story legendary.
Babaji was living in the Himalayas for centuries until he ascended into heaven in 1998. And Ashwatthama, a hero in the Mahabharatha, is said to have lived for over 6,000 years and is still alive today.
So to put that in order, here are the oldest people in each religion, from the oldest to the youngest:
- The Eight Immortals — Taoism — Immortal
- Shantinatha — Jainism — 100,000 years old
- Ashwatthama — New Age — 6,000 years old
- Methuselah — Judaism/Christianity — 939 years old
- Devraha Baba — Hinduism — 700 years old
- Abdul Azziz al-Hafeed al-Habashi — Islam — 674 years old
- Luang Phu Suang — Buddhism — 500 years old
- Chen Jun — Falon Gong — 444 years old
Most religious texts do not have exact ages written down. Instead, their ages were spoken through word-of-mouth when historians would recite their religion’s oral history. But whether spoken or written, the math doesn’t lie. These guys were all really old!