Thursday, August 18, 2016

Overview: Inayat. Twenty Jataka Tales.


Title: Twenty Jataka Tales
Author: Noor Inayat (Khan)
Illustrator: H. Willebeek Le Mair
Year: 1939

Comments: This is a collection of "jataka tales," the past lives of the Buddha, retold by Noor Inayat (also known as Noor Inayat Khan), who was a truly remarkable woman. You can read about her heroic life here at Wikipedia.  A film has recently been made about her: Enemy of the Reich: A Muslim Woman Defies the Nazis. You can find out more about the Jataka tradition here: Jataka Tales.

Location: You will find free online versions at Freebookapalooza. The links below go to the Hathi Trust presentation of the book.
Length: one week. I've divided the reading into two parts: Part A - Part B.

Reading Part A 
The Monkey-Bridge
The Guilty Dogs
Banyan
The Tortoise and the Geese
The Fairy and the Hare
The Golden Feathers
The Young Parrot
The Empty Lake
The Swan Kingdom
The Master's Test


Reading Part B  
The Patient Buffalo
The Sarabha
The Goblin Town
The Great Elephant
The Quarrelsome Quails
The Forest Fire
The End of the World
The Golden Goose
The Noble Horse




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