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Academic Sutta Name Notes PSA Plae Vagga Nikaya PTS Keywords
J.389 Suva.n.nakakka.taka Jaataka The bodhisatva was a brahmin farmer of Saalindiya. On the way to his fields he passed a pond and grew friendly with a golden crab which lived there. A she-crow longed to eat the farmerís eyes and persuaded her husband to induce a snake to bite the farmer. This he did, and overcome by the poison, the farmer fell near the pond. Attracted by the noise, the crab emerged, and seeing the crow about to peck out the farmerís eyes, caught the crow with one pincer. When the snake came to the crowís rescue the crab caught it too. The crab made the snake suck the poison from the farmerís body and when he could stand up, the crab broke the necks of both snake and crow. The Jataka was told in reference to Anandaís attempt to save the Buddha from the elephant Dhanapaala sent by Devadatta to kill him. Maara was the serpent, Devadatta the crow and Ananda the crab. Ci~ncaamaa.navikaa was the female crow. 59/150 Jaataka Khuddhaka J.iii.293ff. women

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