Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Pigeon Chronicles (2)

Perhaps the next time you see Bombay's pigeons, you'll think of this story from the Puranas.

The story made its way into the Buddhist Jataka tales, and travelled the world. There's a wonderful Buddhist site near Hyderabad - from around 225 AD - where this story is carved on a stone slab.

And if you ever go to China, you will see the Chinese version of this story in the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas (the Mogao Grottoes in the Gobi desert).

- Deepa

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