Twenty Jataka Tales

by Noor Inayat Khan

Paperback, 1985



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Inner Traditions (1985), Edition: 0, Paperback, 152 pages


Recounts how Buddha came once as a monkey among the monkeys and gave his life to save them, and nineteen other Jataka stories which recount events in his different lives.

Physical description

152 p.; 8.32 inches


0892813237 / 9780892813230



User reviews

LibraryThing member jontseng
These translations of Indian folk tales have a just-so whimsy about them. Blink and you could be reading a story from Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson. The author's later fate only adds to the pathos.
LibraryThing member LaviniaRossetti
These Indian tales are very intelligent and marvellous, with their own morals and sayings. I have been learning about Ancient India, and little Indian children are meant to be told them too. They are all very good stories about talking animals and amazing kings.

The author of this book, who told all the Indian tales for little children, was an Indian princess named Noor. With easy-to-read words and sentences ('and to you, my little ones'), these tales are the perfect ones for six- twelve-year-olds. Noor was a very brave princess, and in the Second World War she chose to be a spy, not a pretty little princess surrounded in luxury. The Nazis captured her and tortured her trying to get her to name things and tell details - but she never once said anything. Soon, she was killed. Her last word was 'Liberty'.… (more)




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