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    When the Buddha Was an Elephant

    32 Animal Wisdom Tales from the Jataka

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    • Mark W. McGinnis
    Around the beginning of the common era, Indian Buddhists began to collect fables, or Jataka tales, illuminating various human virtues and foibles—from kindness, cooperation, loyalty, and self-discipline on the one hand to greed, pride, foolishness, and treachery on the other. Animals, instead of people, took the leading roles, giving the tales a universal appeal. Tales of this kind have emerged all over the world—in the Mediterranean as Aesop's fables… Read More

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