Large Format for easy reading. The Jataka is a voluminous body of folklore and mythic literature, primarily associated with the Theravada Buddhist tradition, as written in the Pali language around the 3rd century A.D. Some people believe that they formed the basis for Aesop's Fables and The Arabian Nights. Professor Rhys Davids speaks of them as "a priceless record of the childhood of our race." This is a beautifully illustrated edition.