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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Kumbha Jātaka:The story of how a forester,Sura,accidentally discovered strong drink,and how,with the help of his accomplice,the ascetic Varuna,he spread abroad the discovery,thus leading to the destruction of all Jambudīpa,had Sakka not appeared on earth and by his exposition of the evils of drink induced Sabbamitta,king ofSāvatthi,to abstain from its use.

The story was told in answer to a question by Visākhā as to the origin of drink.Once during a drinking festival at Sāvatthi five hundred women,friends of Visākhā visitedJetavana in her company.On the way they became drunk,which led to their behaving improperly in the monastery.The Buddha frightened them by his iddhi-power and restored them to their senses.(J.v.11ff; the DhA.iii.100ff gives a slightly different version of the doings of Visākhā’s friends).

The story of the past is also given in the Jātakamālā (No.17).

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