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Sivi-raṭṭha

The country of the Sivi people, referred to several times in the Jātaka stories. In the Sivi, Ummadantī, and Umaṅga Jātaka (J.iv.401; v.210; vi.419), Aritthapura is given as the capital, while in the Vessantara Jātaka (J.vi.480), Jetuttara is the capital.

In the last named Jātaka (e.g., p.511), Vessantara is sometimes spoken of as king of Sivi-raṭṭha and his children as Siviputtā (p.563). The family name of the kings of this country seems to have been Sivi (See J.vi.251, where Sivi is explained by porāṇakarājā).

The country was evidently famous for its cloth, which was called Sīveyyaka (Vin.i.278). Pajjota gave a pair of robes of this material to Jīvaka, as a present for his cure. These robes Jīvaka gave to the Buddha (Vin.i.280).

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