Lioness married to a jackal
klaus.karttunen at HELSINKI.FI
Tue Sep 7 06:50:33 UTC 2004
my notes contain following cases involving sexual or family relations
between lions and jackals (much more common is the idea of the jackal
as a courtier or minister of king lion):
Pancatantra of Purnabhadra 4, 4 The jackal, though lion's foster-son,
reveals his true nature of a coward when his brothers, the lion cubs,
will attack an elephant.
Jataka 157 (Gunajataka) A jackal rescues the lion and becomes his
friend and they live together with their families, but the lioness, not
understanding the situation, is jealous of the she-jackal.
Jataka 188 (Sihakottajataka) A lion (Bodhisattva) had a cub by a
she-jackal. The cub had the appearance of a lion, but his mother's
voice. Only keeping silent he could live with other lions.
So it is the lion, not the lioness, who has relations with jackals (cf.
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