Ellen C.Babbitt

The Complete Jataka Tales

This is the extended and annotated edition including

* an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids

The Jatakas, or Birth-stories, form one of the sacred books of the Buddhists and relate to the adventures of the Buddha in his former existences, the best character in any story being identified with the Master. These legends were continually introduced into the religious discourses of the Buddhist teachers to illustrate the doctrines of their faith or to magnify the glory and sanctity of the Buddha, somewhat as medieval preachers in Europe used to enliven their sermons by introducing fables and popular tales to rouse the flagging interest of their hearers.

This edition contains both Jataka books by Mr. Babbitt, “The Jataka Tales” and “More Jataka Tales”.


Publisher's Note
The Monkey And The Crocodile
How The Turtle Saved His Own Life
The Merchant Of Seri
The Turtle Who Couldn't Stop Talking
The Ox Who Won The Forfeit
The Sandy Road
The Quarrel Of The Quails
The Measure Of Rice
The Foolish, Timid Rabbit
The Wise And The Foolish Merchant
The Elephant Girly-Face
The Banyan Deer
The Princes And The Water-Sprite
The King's White Elephant
The Ox Who Envied The Pig
Granny's Blackie
The Crab And The Crane
Why The Owl Is Not King Of The Birds
The Girl Monkey And The String Of Pearls
The Three Fishes
The Tricky Wolf And The Rats
The Woodpecker, Turtle, And Deer
The Golden Goose
The Stupid Monkeys
The Cunning Wolf
The Penny-Wise Monkey
The Red-Bud Tree
The Woodpecker And The Lion
The Otters And The Wolf
How The Monkey Saved His Troop
The Hawks And Their Friends
The Brave Little Bowman
The Foolhardy Wolf
The Stolen Plow
The Lion In Bad Company
The Wise Goat And The Wolf
Prince Wicked And The Grateful Animals
Beauty And Brownie
The Elephant And The Dog
111 printed pages
Original publication



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