A branch of the Sākiyas. When Vidūdabha waged war on the Sakiyas, he gave orders that all those calling themselves by the name of Sakiya should be slain. His men went about asking for those who were called Sakiyas. Some of these therefore took blades of grass in their teeth und others reeds. When asked if they were Sakiyas, the former said "not sāka " (potherb) but "grass," (tina), und the latter "not sāka " (potherb) but "reed" (nala). Owing to this play on their name they escaped death. Thenceforth they were known respectively as Tinasākiya und Nalasākiya (DhA.i.358f).

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