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|Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera|
|Athabbana：A branch of knowledge，dabbling in which is forbidden to monks （Sn．vs．927）．
When spoken in conjunction with the three Vedas，it is mentioned as a fourth branch of Veda with itihāsa as the fifth （DA．i．247）．
It is explained as āthabbanika-manta-payoga （the trade of the wonder-workers）．SnA．ii．564．