|In the beginning...|
"And the females developed female sex-organs, and the males developed male organs.
"And the women became excessively preoccupied with men, and the men with women.
|Do it to me filthy, you beast! - I'm trying!|
"And later, because of this burning, they indulged in sexual activity. But those who saw them indulging threw dust, ashes or  cow dung at them, crying: 'Die, you filthy beast! How can one being do such things to another?!'
|Queen Maya giving birth to Prince Siddhartha under sal tree in Lumbini, Gandhara (WQ)|
"Just as today, in some districts [of India], when a daughter-in-law is led out, some people throw dirt at her, some ashes, and some cow dung, without realizing that they are repeating an ancient observance. What was considered bad form in those days is now considered good form.
"Accordingly, those who indulged for an excessively long period in such base practices began to build themselves dwellings so as to indulge under cover.
"Now it occurred to one of those beings who was inclined to laziness: 'Well now, why should I be bothered to gather rice in the evening for supper and in the morning for breakfast? Why shouldn't I gather it all at once for both meals?' and did so. Then another one came and said: 'Come on, let's go rice-gathering.'
"'No need, my friend, I've gathered enough for both meals.' Then the other, following this example, gathered enough rice for two days at a time, saying: 'That should be about enough.' Then another being came and said to the second one: 'Come on, let's go rice-gathering.'
"'No need, my friend, I've gathered enough for two days.'
- (The same goes for 4, then 8, days).
"However, when those beings made a store of rice and lived on that, husk-powder and husk began to envelop the grain, and where it was reaped it did not grow again, and the cut place showed, and the rice grew in separate clusters.
18. "And then those beings came together lamenting: 'Unwholesome ways have become rife among us: at first we were mind-made, feeding on delight.
(All events repeated down to the latest development, each fresh change being said to be due to 'unwholesome and unskillful ways')...   and the rice grows in separate clusters. So now let us divide up the rice into fields with boundaries.' So they did so.
|You just gotta grab 'em by the purse, guys.|
"And 'One Who Gladdens Others With Dharma' is the meaning of Raja [now "Royal" or "King"], the third title to be introduced. This, then, Vasettha, is the origin of the class of khattiyas [warriors, rulers], in accordance with the ancient titles that were introduced for them.
"They originated among these very same beings, like ourselves, no different, and in accordance with Dharma, not otherwise.
22. "Then some of these beings thought: 'Unwholesome things have appeared among beings, such as taking what is not given, censuring, lying, punishment and banishment. We ought to put aside unwholesome and unskillful things.' And they did  so.