The Jataka stories



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Update : Apr 17, 2024
Developer : Shan Pyi Thar
Category : Books & Reference
Google Play ID : com.shanpyithar.jatakastories

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The Jataka (meaning "Birth Story", "related to a birth") are a voluminous body of literature native to India which mainly concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form.

The Jataka stories are a voluminous body of literature concerning the stories of previous births of Gautama Buddha.

In these stories, the future Buddha may appear as a king, an outcast, a deva, an animal—but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. Often, Jataka stories include an extensive cast of characters who interact and get into various kinds of trouble - whereupon the Buddha character intervenes to resolve all the problems and bring about a happy ending. The Jataka genre is based on the idea that the Buddha was able to recollect all his past lives and thus could use these memories to tell a story and illustrate his teachings.

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