Jataka Tales

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Br’er Rabbit and the Tar Baby – American literature

By |2019-02-23T13:29:41-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|

Br'er Rabbit and the Tar Baby A famous Br'er Rabbit story This is a story about Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Fox. Br'er Fox was sick and tired of Bre'r Rabbit tricking him. He decided to settle Br'er Rabbit for good. Who was Br'er Rabbit? Br'er Rabbit and the Briar Patch More American literature All our [...]

Br’er Rabbit stories – American literature

By |2019-02-23T13:43:56-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|

The printing press of the Cherokee Advocate in the 1800s, which first printed a Br'er Rabbit story (the Tar Baby) Why is he called Br'er Rabbit? Br'er Rabbit is short for "Brother Rabbit". He's a rabbit who tricks people. But sometimes he gets tricked himself! Br'er Rabbit is a lot like the African [...]

Early Cherokee language and stories

By |2018-04-07T17:05:42-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American|

Cherokee statues from Etowah (now northern Georgia) Cherokee is part of a group of Iroquois languages. Before the Spanish conquered the Cherokee, the Cherokee people didn't use writing. But they told many stories about themselves and their gods. During the evenings, or at religious ceremonies, people sat around the fire together. Cherokee story-tellers told stories that entertained people. [...]

The Clerk’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2019-04-09T12:10:27-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Just like the Clerk's Tale: Clerks in the Manessa Codex (1300 AD) A story from Boccaccio Chaucer's Clerk's Tale is actually taken from one of Boccaccio's stories, and because of that the story's action happens in Italy. Who was Boccaccio? Who was Chaucer? More medieval literature All our medieval Europe articles What's the Clerk's [...]

Boccaccio – Decameron – Medieval literature

By |2019-02-14T05:45:55-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Florence, Italy Who was Boccaccio? Most of the people who knew how to write in the early Middle Ages were monks. So most of them wrote about serious things like God and Heaven and Hell. Even writers who weren't monks, like Dante, usually wrote about Christian ideas. Who was Dante? More medieval literature All our medieval Europe articles [...]

Mullah Nasruddin – Islamic Stories

By |2018-04-23T15:30:20-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Grapes on a Seljuk period plate Nasruddin lived in the time of the Seljuk Sultans. One day Nasruddin was coming from the vineyard with baskets of grapes on his donkey. The children crowded around Nasruddin. "Give us some grapes!" they cried. "Let us taste them!" Nasruddin picked up a bunch of grapes and pulled one grape - [...]

Arabic language and literature

By |2019-01-30T07:53:33-07:00July 25th, 2017|Islam, Literature|

Arabic language: Sabataean writing Where did Arabic come from? Arabic is in the Semitic language group. Semitic languages seem to have gotten started before the beginning of writing. That would be before about 3000 BC. Probably Semitic languages developed from an earlier language somewhere near modern Syria. A different branch of that earlier language became [...]

Vessantara Jataka – Buddhism – India

By |2019-04-04T06:34:27-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|

Vessantara and Maddi and their two children (Sanchi stupa, Northern Gateway, ca. 50 BC) - a Jataka story Another Jataka story This Buddhist story is a Jataka tale from about 400 BC. Jataka tales illustrate Buddhist ideas, like Bible stories for Christians. What is Buddhism? More Jataka stories More Indian stories All our India articles Vessantara decides [...]

What is karma? Hinduism – India

By |2018-09-24T07:45:54-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

What is karma? Jataka Tales about karma: King Siva offers his body to save a dove from a hawk, and King Candraprabha is so generous that he gives away his own head (Mogao Caves, China, about 500 AD) What is karma? Karma is the Sanskrit word for "action" or "doing something." It comes from an [...]

Boddhisatva – Buddhism – religion

By |2018-04-18T17:33:57-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

A Song Dynasty statue of the boddhisatva Guanyin What is a boddhisatva? A boddhisatva, in Buddhist religion, was a holy man or woman.  They were special, closer to God than other people. They were like holy men in ancient West Asia, or saints in Christianity. Buddhists who were enlightened Among Buddhists, the main goal of life was to [...]