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J.239 Haritamaata Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as a green frog. A water-snake, looking for fish, fell into a wicker cage set by men to catch fish. The fishes, seeing the snake, bit him until he fled, dripping with blood. Exhausted, he lay on the edge of the water. Seeing the green frog at the mouth of the cage, the snake asked him if the fish had done right in attacking him. ‘Why not?’ asked the frog. ‘You eat fish which get into your place and they eat you when you get in theirs.’ The fish, hearing this, fell upon the snake and did him to death. The story was related in reference to Ajatasattu’s war with Pasenadi. When he was victorious, Ajatasattu showed great delight, but when he lost he was downcast. The snake is identified with Ajatasattu. 57/464 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.ii.237ff. aggression

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