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The Mauryan Empire of India

Asoka

Asoka was the most famous Mauryan king. Asoka stopped fighting with an army after he saw the suffering of the people he attacked. He followed the Buddha’s religion. Asoka made a law against being cruel to animals, and he became a vegetarian so that no animals would have to be killed for his food.

Jakata Tales

There is a story about a hare who said he would give his life to any traveler who came by and asked for food. The moral is that people should behave generously.

SOTW, Chapter 31
17 May 2012

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