@mrdecepticonleader: There does seem to be a bit of confusion (at least in the Western world) as to whether or not Buddhism is even a full on religion or just a branch of Hinduism. I was under the impression it was similar to the relationship between Judaism and Christianity.
Buddhists do not worship a pantheon of gods. Hindus do.
Buddha is not a god, by the way.
Agreed, I think that Buddhism had saints were because it was mixed in other countries like China and Japan which it was mixed with local beliefs to get to a bigger audience. Otherwise, it's only for spiritual enlightment mainly.