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-[[Floris and Blancheflour]] is the missing link between European [[medieval literature]] and the ''[[Arabian Nights]]''.+'''The Jātaka Tales''' refer to a voluminous body of [[folklore]]-like literature native to [[India]] concerning the previous births (jāti) of the [[Gotama Buddha|Buddha]]. The word most specifically refers to a text division of the [[Pali Canon]] of [[Theravada]] [[Buddhism]], included in the [[Khuddaka Nikaya]] of the [[Sutta Pitaka]]. ''Jataka'' also refers to the traditional commentary on this book.
-The story has analogs in [[Indian literature, particularly the ''[[Jatakas]]'' of the early fifth century. Many of the details, such as the Tower of Maidens (i.e. [[harem]]), [[eunuch]] guards, and the [[odalisque]]s derive from material carried to the west via ''[[The Arabian Nights]]''. The tale could be originally French, or possibly of Oriental origins, or a synthesis of motifs. 
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-[[Giovanni Boccaccio|Boccaccio]] tells a version of the same tale in his "[[Filocolo]]" in the ''[[Decameron]]''. 
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The Jātaka Tales refer to a voluminous body of folklore-like literature native to India concerning the previous births (jāti) of the Buddha. The word most specifically refers to a text division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism, included in the Khuddaka Nikaya of the Sutta Pitaka. Jataka also refers to the traditional commentary on this book.




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