One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of the various stories of the former lives of the Buddha found in Buddhist literature.
- ‘This collection of Indian folklore, retold for younger readers ‘of all ages’, includes many stories from the Jataka, a Buddhist compilation of fables.’
- ‘In the Jatakas (Birth Stories, Khuddaka Nikaya) we find many examples of people who committed the same deeds again and again in successive lives.’
- ‘The Jataka tales have much educational value and were used to teach youngsters the important morals and goals of life.’
- ‘The Jataka collections were transmitted orally for centuries, and when written down they took a form combined of verse, story, and moral commentary.’
- ‘The entire surface of the gateways is covered with bas-reliefs representing scenes from the life of Gautama Buddha, stories from the Jatakas, along with decorative elements.’
From Sanskrit jātaka ‘born under’.
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