Tales of rebirth (Pa. jataka, ‘belonging to birth’) refer to stories about the previous lives of, the . In these earlier forms of existence, he appears as an animal, a man, an , a prince, a woman, and a god. In most of the tales, which often revolve around an entertaining and humorous plot, he brings one or the other virtue to perfection. The largest and best-known collection of these tales, numbering a total of 547 stories, is included in the and are known as Jataka Tales. The Jataka Tales feature in all traditions of and have even been adapted into pictures and stage plays.