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Kukkuṭa Jātaka (No.209, 383, 448)

1. Kukkuṭa Jātaka (No.209).– The story of a wise bird who, seeing a farmer trying to catch him, avoided him until the farmer was quite exasperated. In the end the farmer camouflaged himself like a tree, but the bird laughed in his face.

The story was related in reference to a monk, a fellow-celibate of Sāriputta. This monk was very careful about his body, and earned the reputation of a dandy. The bird is identified with the monk (J.ii.161 f). This story bears some resemblance to the second Sakuntaka Jātaka in the Mahāvastu, particularly to the latter part of it. Mtu.ii.250. v.l. Kakkara Jātaka.

2. Kukkuṭa Jātaka (No.383).– The story of a cat who tried to deceive a cock — with the idea of eating him — by offering to become his wife. Her efforts failed. The cock was the Bodhisatta.

The story was told to a monk who was tempted by the sight of a woman (J.iii.265 f).

This Jātaka is illustrated in the Bharhut Stūpa. Cunningham: Pl.xlvii.5.

3. Kukkuṭa Jātaka (No.448).– The Bodhisatta was once the chief of a large flock of fowls. A falcon, by means of engaging speech, tried to become friendly with him in order to eat him, but his attempts failed. There could be no friendship between fowl and falcon, said the Bodhisatta. The story was related in reference to Dedavatta’s attempts to kill the Buddha. v.l. Kukkuha. J.iv.55 ff

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