Week 2: Jataka Tales (Birth Stories of the Buddha)

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  1. Matakabhatta-Jataka. "If folk but knew..." - the story of the sacrificial goat.
  2. Nacca-Jataka. "A pleasing note..." - the story of the peacock.
  3. Kapota-Jataka. "The headstrong man..." - the story of the crow and the pigeon.
  4. Phala-Jataka. "When near a village..." - the story of the fruit that looked a mango.
  5. Suvannahamsa-Jataka. "Contented be..." - the story of the bird with golden feathers.
  6. Kaka-Jataka "Our throats are tired..." - the story of the crows and the sea.
  7. Kandina-Jataka "Cursed be the dart of love..." - the story of the love-struck stag.
  8. Munika-Jataka. "Then envy not poor Munika..." - the story of the oxen and the pig.
  9. Maccha-Jataka. "'Tis not the cold..." - the story of the love-struck fish.
  10. Daddara-Jataka. "Who is it with a mighty cry..." - the story of the jackal and the lions.
  11. Sihacamma-Jataka. "Nor lion nor tiger I see..." - the story of the donkey in the lionskin.
  12. Kacchapa-Jataka. "The Tortoise needs must speak..." - the story of the talkative tortoise.
  13. Kokalika-Jataka. "They that with speech inopportune..." - the story of the crow and the cuckoo.
  14. Sakuna-Jataka. "Ye denizens of air..." - the story of the tree and the fire.
  15. Veluka-Jataka. "The headstrong man..." - the story of the "Bamboo" snake.
  16. Makasa-Jataka. "Sense-lacking friends..." - the story of the carpenter and the mosquito.
  17. Baka-Jataka. "Guile profits not..." - the story of the crane and the crab.
  18. Kuhaka-Jataka. "How plausible..." - the story of the ascetic who was a thief.
  19. Bilara-Jataka. "Where saintliness..." - the story of the pious jackal.
  20. Vanarinda-Jataka. "Whoso, O monkey-king..." - the story of the monkey and the crocodile
  21. Sumsumara-Jataka. "Rose-apple, jack-fruit..." the story of the monkey and the crocodile (again)
  22. Sigala-Jataka. "The drunken jackal..." - the story of the jackal and the brahmin
  23. Dipi-Jataka. "How fares it with you..." - the story of the goat and the panther.
  24. Sammodamana-Jataka. "While concord reigns..." - the story of the quails and the hunter.
  25. Kurungamiga-Jataka. "Come, Tortoise..." - the story of the antelope and his friends.
  26. Javasakuna-Jataka. "Kindness as much..." - the story of the woodpecker and the lion.
  27. Latukika-Jataka. "Elephant of sixty years..." - the story of the quail and the elephant.

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Modern Languages MLLL-2003. World Literature: Frametales. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. You must give the original author credit. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one.
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