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Any of a genre of Buddhist texts containing stories about a former birth of Gautama Buddha.

[Sanskrit Jātakam, from neut. of jātaka-, engendered (by), born (under), from jāta-, past participle of janate, he is born; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]


(Buddhism) one of the Jataka Tales
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But what neither the archives, nor any other source, could explain were the painted murals, which typically depict scenes from the Jataka tales of the birth and life of the Buddha, the Reamker - the Khmer version of the Ramayana - and occasionally the lives of royalty.
Another jataka records that the Buddha himself was once 'a supremely able ship's captain' named Suparaga, who had acquired great knowledge of the ocean.
Thus, while the Vessantara Jataka text which underlies this ceremony is known throughout the Buddhist world (25) and may be "the most famous of all Jataka tales," (26) different cultures deal with it differently.
Antecedents of the Sindbad stories can be found, as he shows, in a number of story-cycles from the subcontinent, from a Nepali Sanskrit version of the Brhat-katha (great story) called the Brhat-katha-sloka-samgraha (collection of verses from the Brhat-katha) featuring a merchant named Sanudasa, to the Tamil Manimekhalai, and even one of the Buddhist Jataka tales (the Valahassa-Jataka).
Several Buddhist texts including Jataka tales mention Saint Agastya, whom many consider to be the father of Tamil language.
The water screen pandal which is 60 ft long and 30 ft in height will display two Jataka stories.
Of Beggars and Buddhas: The Politics of Humor in the Vessantara Jataka in Thailand
In the Jataka, clever animals do good deeds and are thus reborn in better circumstances.
Draupadi's uncontrollable oceanic desire has been distorted as nymphomania in the Buddhist Jataka stories, while in Devi Bhagavata Puraana, her distant brother-in-law rapes her to correct her transgressive nature.
A great option for Zen beginners, the book playfully works with sutras (teachings), Bodhisattvas (enlightened beings) and jataka tales (parables).
Hussain's popular writings include Basti, Hindustan Se Aakhri Khat, Agay Samander hai, Shehr-e-Afsos, Jataka Tales, Janam Kahanian and Wo Jo Kho Gaye.