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From the author's introduction to the 3rd Edition of The Concordance of Buddhist Stories:"The first edition was a most useful testing ground. Reviews helped me to navigate in the wide ocean of stories, tales, legends, myths, folktales, fables, and iconography. Positive comments were encouraging; negative criticisms pointed to shortcomings which I have tried to eliminate. My purpose was and is to promote and facilitate research and publications in the many disciplines connected with Buddhist Birth Stories. My guiding principle is to be "user-friendly": simplicity and time-saving. In titles I have used capitals for the main title and lower case for variants. Further changes in the same spirit: 1) jatakas and avadanas are not separated; 2) the number of references has been tripled (4000 to 12,000+); 3) elimination of "codes"; 4) enlarging the description of stories; 5) adding folktale types and motives opens up a new dimension, networking the stories with world literature..."
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