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The Jataka stories are a significant body of works about the previous lives of Gautama Buddha. Many of these have been preserved in Sri Lanka in the Pali language. Others have been preserved in Tibet through Tibetan.

In the 6th century, some of the stories were translated to Persian at the command of the Zoroastrian king Khosrau I. This translation was later retranslated to Greek, Latin and Hebrew. Some people believe that they formed the basis for Aesop's Fables, Sindbad the Sailor and The Arabian Nights.

See also: Prince Sattva

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Jataka - LoveToKnow 1911 (971 words)
JATAKA, the technical name, in Buddhist literature, for a story of one or other of the previous births of the Buddha.
This rapid development of the Bodhisatta theory is the distinguishing feature in the early history of Buddhism, and was both cause and effect of the simultaneous growth of the Jataka book.
The fables of Babrius and Phaedrus, written respectively in the 1st century before, and in the 1st century after, the Christian era, also contain Jataka stories known in India in the 4th century B.C. A great deal has been written on this curious question of the migration of fables.
Buddhist Tales - Jatakas -INTERPRETER INTRODUCTION (1828 words)
The Jataka stories, over millennia, have been seminal to the development of many civilisations, the cultivation of moral conduct and good behaviour, the growth of a rich and varied literature in diverse parts of the world and the inspiration for painting, sculpture and architecture of enduring aesthetic value.
Some jataka stories can be found in Jain literature, such as the story of Isisinga in Suyakadanga, which is the Nalini Jataka.
Jataka stories are well depicted in Amaravati, Nalanda, Ajanta, Ellora, Bharut, Nagarjunikonda, Borobudur and Angkor Vat.
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