jataka

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From Sanskrit जातक (jātaka, born under).

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jataka (plural jatakas)

  1. (Buddhism) Any of a large number of Indian tales concerning the previous lives of Gautama Buddha.
    • 2016, Sunil Khilnani, Incarnations, Penguin 2017, p. 4:
      In the centuries after the Buddha's life, many ordinary, non-literate Indians would have learned of him through Jatakas, popular morality tales about his imagined previous lives []

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