The Jataka tales are dated between 300 BC and 400 AD. Many of the tales are set in or near Benares, now called Varanasi, a city in north central India on the Ganges River. One of the world’s oldest cities, Varanasi is the most sacred place for Hindus.
Although in their original form the stories are unmistakably Indian and Buddhist, they also posses the quality of universality to a high degree. Versions of them have travelled to the West and have appeared in the works of writers like Aesop, Herodotus, Chaucer, Boccaccio, and more recently, Bertolt Brecht.
The Silly Monkeys is one of a collection of over 500 fables known as the Jataka Tales, said to have been recounted by Gotama the Buddha to his disciples.
Storyteller Rachel Miller brings the tales to life with evocative original music, capturing both the humour and the heart of the tales.
Enjoy! (about 4 mins.)
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This collection was adapted by the writer John Snelling, who retold them in a modern idiom. The stories are humorous, eminently down to earth and full of common sense.