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the Sambulā-Jātaka (519) is illustrated at a monastery Sri Lanka.
Sambulā takes care of her leprosy husband Sotthisena in the
forest. A demon falls in love and tries to catch her but Śakra
rescues her. The corresponding mural depicts Śakra as a terrible
being holding a club in his hands. The Pali Jātaka provides no
description of a disguised Śakra but in the Sinhalese
Sambulā-Jātaka we can read, that Śakra saves Sambulā in the
disguise of a terrible being (...<i>Sakdevraja bhayānaka vēṣayak
geṇa</i> ...). I suppose this is recorded in a source of the
Mūlasarvāstivāda-Vinaya tradition, written in Sanskrit or Tibetan.
Anyone of you came across a similar version of this story, where
Śakra saves Sambulā in a terrible disguise?<br>
<p>Rolf Heinrich Koch<br>
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