of a greedy old
who according to the story lived as a beggar and had a very young and beautiful
wife named Amittada, who worked hard and served him well. Yet, in a fit of jealousy the other village women one
day attacked her and beat-up Amittada near the village
well. Hence, after the incident, she was afraid to return to the well and fetch water
for her old husband, who consequently set out to find some servants to help his
wife. Jujaka turned to Prince Wetsandorn and asked him for his children
Kanha. The prince agreed and they became the slaves of Jujaka.
iconography, this scene is represented by an old man in a white robe and with a
walking stick, leading two children away that are tied-up by a cord. Some say
that Jujaka was the god
i.e. the god of virtue,
politics, justice and morality,
who appeared as a mendicant to test Vessantara's generosity. In Thai,
is referred to as
and small statues of this old man, usually represented with a white of grey
beard, long hair tied into a
topknot, a walking stick and carrying a bag over his
shoulder, are used as good luck charms (fig.).
Buddha-to-be in his
as Prince Wetsandorn granted the old man's wishes,
he is today by Thai believers prayed to as
i.e. the Pali version of his name, in order
to attract good fortune.