The ancient Jataka
Stories constitute literature native to the entire Indian sub-continent which focuses on Gautama Buddha, both as a human as well as an animal in reincarnation - that could be as king, a fakir or even an elephant or a monkey.
Like the Bodhisattva of that final Jataka
tale, Prince Abhakara--as celebrated--appears as bold, selfless, pious and concerned.
Explorers, researchers, theologians and politicians have long puzzled over the whereabouts of Suvarnabhumi, with references dating back to the Jataka
tales of the life of the Buddha, and ancient Buddhist accounts from the time of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, who ruled over much of the Indian subcontinent in the third century BC.
While this small group may seem shockingly out of place in a collection of instructional Buddhist verse, Rouzer brings in passages from jataka
tales and the Vimalakirti sutra to suggest that a Buddhist reader may have understood the women depicted in these poems as "unruly" more than seductive, making them "dangerous but also convertible" (p.
Next, Katherine Bowie's article on the historical variations of the Vessantara Jataka
over time and space in mainland Southeast Asia continues our transnational focus and reminds us that comparative analyses of cultural phenomena across borders and within sub-regional contexts have always been a methodological priority within our field.
The prehistory of micro-narratives lies in the first written words, recorded from oral tales; in folk forms such as fables (notably Aesop's fables in the West) as well as worldwide parables laden with socio-cultural content (as in the Panchatantra and Jataka
tales in India).
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.
Several Buddhist texts including Jataka
tales mention Saint Agastya, whom many consider to be the father of Tamil language.
(15) The Buddhist Animal tales included: "The Golden Mallard" in The Jataka
; or Stories of the Buddha 's Former Births, vol.
Of Beggars and Buddhas: The Politics of Humor in the Vessantara Jataka
In a story of Jataka
, the Nagaraja Champaka rewards the king of Benaras with a treasure of gold, silver and jewels.