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J.044 Makasa Jaataka Once, in a border village in Kasi, there lived a number of carpenters. One day, one of them, a bald, grey-haired man, was planing some wood when a mosquito settled on his head and stung him. He asked his son, who was sitting nearby, to drive it away. The boy raised an axe, and meaning to drive away the mosquito, cleft his fatherís head in two, killing him. The bodhisatva, a trader, saw the incident and exclaimed ëbetter an enemy with sense than such a friendí. The story was related in reference to some inhabitants of a hamlet in Magadha who were worried by mosquitos when working in the jungle. One day they armed themselves with arrows, and while trying to shoot the mosquitos, shot each other. The Buddha saw them outside village greatly disabled because of their folly.For tale in similar circumstances see Rohi.nii Jataka (J.045). 56/026 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.i.246ff. mosquito


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