Twenty Jataka Tales

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Khan, Noor Inayat
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1991
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The tales focus on ingenuity, love, and self-sacrifice. There is a good deal of magic beyond the talking of beasts. All tales end happily ever after. The word order is archaic. In the first tale, the monkey king makes himself the last link in a bridge to save his people at the cost of his life. On 94, the buffalo says of the monkey Why should I make him suffer so that I may be happy? Three fables known to me are TT (41), where the geese initiate the trip and children laugh at the tortoise; The Quarrelsome Quails (115) with its motif of the common lift-off; and The End of the World (125) where the hare hears a fruit fall and manages to stampede all the other animals. The colored cover illustration is more engaging than the black-and-whites for each fable. Now see the audio cassette Jataka Tales (1992) that presents eighteen of these twenty tales.
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Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. by American International Distribution Corporation
Inner Traditions International
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