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Vessantara Jataka.  Vessantara (Bodhisatta, or the Buddha-to-be) was the son of Sanjaya, the King of Sivi, and his beautiful Queen Phusati.  Devoted to almsgiving but never satisfied with giving, foster-king Vessantara lived happily in the city of Jetuttara, in the Kingdom of Sivi.  He lived with Queen Maddi, their little son Jali and daughter, Kanhajina.