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J.019 Aayaajitabhatta Jaataka | Paa.navadha Jaataka Once the squire of a certain village in the Kasi country, promised the deity of a banyan tree a sacrifice should his enterprise succeed. When he came back from his journey, he sacrificed a number of creatures and took them to the tree. The deity of the tree appeared and admonished the squire, saying that no-one could attain deliverance by means of slaughter. The story was related in answer to a question by some monks, who had noticed that many people when going on a business journey would sacrifice living creatures and offer them to various deities in order that their ventures might be successful. The monks wished to know if such sacrifices were any good. 55/272 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.169ff. sacrifice

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