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Traditional Religious Narratives

The traditional narrative literature of both parts of the region can be divided into two levels. There is the mass of folk literature, which varies from one country to another, and often extensively within each country as well. Being oral literature, this is not available to historical inspection. There is also the written literature produced in the various courts and religious centers; records of some of this, but only a small amount, has survived. From the religious perspective, this written literature dealt in different ways with the stories of the past lives of the Buddha, known as the jataka tales, and with the two Indian epics, the Rāmāyaṇa and the Mahābhārata.

Cambodia was the site of the earliest kingdom in Southeast Asia, called Funan (first century CE). As the area developed...

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