The "Jataka Tales" are a voluminous collection of
literature native to India, concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha, a widely known ancient saint. These are stories which tell incidences about his several previous lives, as it is said. Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant—but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. Whether these beliefs actually ever happened will only remain in one's faith. However, the stories have provided enjoyment and entertainment since they were written, so enjoy them down to your heart!