Nibata Jataka : A study as a Recording tool of Living Things on Earth

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supaporn kongsirirat


This research article aims to study the Jataka tales as a recording tool of living things on Earth based on the concept of the evolution of living creatures in the prehistoric ages. The results indicate that the past lives of Lord Buddha as narrated in the Jataka tales corresponded to the evolution of living things on Earth, starting from the birth in the water and developing into amphibians, reptiles, winged animals, mammals, apes and, eventually, Homo. The findings also point out that natural selection has played a key role in the existence of all living things. The fact that the Jataka tales are not arranged in the chronological order but categorized (Nibata) according to the number of the Pali verses in each tale from the shortest to the longest prevents many from perceiving that the Jataka tales were essentially used to record the evolution of the living things in the primitive era prior to the invention of the written


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kongsirirat ส. (2022). Nibata Jataka : A study as a Recording tool of Living Things on Earth. Wiwitwannasan Journal of Language and Culture, 6(1), 71–90. Retrieved from
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