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When the Buddha Was an Elephant : 32 Animal Wisdom Tales from Jataka - Mark W. McGinnis

When the Buddha Was an Elephant

32 Animal Wisdom Tales from Jataka

Hardcover Published: 4th January 2016
ISBN: 9781611802641
Number Of Pages: 96
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old

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A treasury of traditional Buddhist wisdom tales, illustrated with gorgeous original artwork.

Around the beginning of the common era, Indian Buddhists began to collect fables, or Jataka tales, illuminating various human virtues and foibles--from kindness, cooperation, loyalty, and self-discipline on the one hand to greed, pride, foolishness, and treachery on the other. Animals, instead of people, took the leading roles, giving the tales a universal appeal. Tales of this kind have emerged all over the world--in the Mediterranean as Aesop's fables and in various other guises throughout the Middle East, East Asia, Africa, Russia, and Europe.

Author and painter Mark McGinnis has collected thirty-two of these tales and retold them in poetic yet accessible language, their original Buddhist messages firmly intact. Each story is beautifully illustrated with a full-color painting, making this a book that will appeal to both children and adults, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, who love fine stories about their fellow wise (and foolish) creatures.

About the Author

Mark W. McGinnis is an artist and writer. He was a professor of art for thirty years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He now resides in Boise, Idaho, and his primary media are acrylic and black ink. His interdisciplinary approach to art in the past has included paintings, artist s books, sculpture, printmaking, installation, video, performance, essays, and interviews. The research orientation of his work has led to projects of exploration and inquiry into a range of subjects including the extinction of species; the Snake River Basin; the literature of India and Japan; world religions; religious elders: economic evolution, foreign policy; nuclear weaponry; Native American history; and explorers of the New World. His projects have been shown in more than 120 solo exhibitions.

ISBN: 9781611802641
ISBN-10: 1611802644
Audience: General
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 4th January 2016
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 18.3  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1

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