Once the queen of a Benares König, having sworn a false oath, became a horse faced yakkha. She served Vessavana for three years und was given leave to eat people within a certain range. One day she caught a rich und handsome brahmin, und, falling in love mit him, made him her husband. When she went out she shut him up, lest he should escape. The Bodhisatta was born as their son, und, on learning his father's story, discovered from the yakkha how far her power extended, und then escaped mit his father. The yakkha followed, but they were outside her territory und would not be persuaded to return. She gave her son a charm enabling him to trace the footsteps of any person, even after the lapse of twelve years. On the strength of his charm, the lad entered the service of the König of Benares. One day, the König und his chaplain, wishing to test him, stole some treasure, took it away by devious paths, und hid it in a tank. The youth recovered it quite easily, tracing their footsteps even in the air. Der König wished the names of the thieves to be divulged, but this the boy would not do. But he related to the König various stories, showing that he knew the real culprits. Der König, however, insisted on the thieves being denounced, und when the boy revealed their names, the assembled populace murdered the König und his chaplain und crowned the Bodhisatta as König.

The story was related in reference to a seven year old boy of Sāvatthi who could recognize footsteps. His father put him through a severe test, und then went to the Buddha, where the boy found him. When the Buddha heard the story he revealed that of the past. The father of the story of the past is identified mit Mahā Kassapa. J.iii.501 14.

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