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Athabbana (Āthabbana)

A branch of knowledge, dabbling in which is forbidden to monks (Sn.vs.927).

When spoken in conjunction with the three Vedas, it is mentioned as a fourth branch of Veda with itihāsa as the fifth (DA.i.247).

It is explained as the trade of the wonder-workers (āthabbanika-manta-payoga). SnA.ii.564.

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