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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.384 Dhammaddhaja Jaataka The bodhisatva was once born as the leader of a flock of birds on an island. Certain merchants of Benares started on a voyage taking with them a much-travelled crow. The ship was wrecked and the crow flew to the island. There he pretended to the other birds to be holy, practising austerities and nourishing himself on air alone. The birds, being deceived, left him in charge of their eggs and young, which he proceeded to eat each day. One day the Bodhisatva kept watch and thus discovered his villainy. The birds collected round the crow and pecked him to death. The story was related in reference to a deceitful monk who is identified with the crow. 59/097 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.267ff. cheat, deceit

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