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J.034 Maccha Jaataka Some fishermen once cast their net into a river and a great fish, swimming along, toying amorouslywith his wife, was caught in the net, while his wife escaped. The fishermen hauled him up and left him on the sand while they proceeded to light a fire and whittle a spit whereon to roast him. The fish lamented, saying how unhappy his wife would be, thinking he had gone off with another. The bodhisatva, who was the kingís priest, coming along to the river to bathe, heard the lament of the fish and obtained his freedom. The Jataka was related to a passion-tossed monk who longed for the wife of his lay days. The two fish were the monk and his seducer. 55/338 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.210ff. passion


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