A deity (wahrscheinlich identisch mit the Vedic Agni), worship of whom brought, as reward, Geburt in the Brahma-world. On the day a Sohn is born, a fire (jātaggi) is kindled; when the Sohn comes of age und wishes to renounce household life, this fire is taken to the Wald und homage is paid to Aggi-Bhagavā (J.i.285).

In the Nanguttha Jātaka (J.i.494-5) the Bodhisatta, having received an ox as a gift, wishes to offer the flesh to Aggi-Bhagavā, aber thinking that the deity will not relish a salt less meal, he goes away in search of salt. He returns to find that the ox has been eaten by hunters, nur the tail, one leg und the skin being left. "If thou, Aggi-Bhagavā, hast not the power to look after thine own, how canst thou guard me?" So saying, he quenches the fire mit water und becomes an anchorite. In the verses of this context Aggi is addressed as Jātaveda.

In the Santhava Jātaka (J.ii.43-5), too, the Bodhisatta is a votary of the deity. Once when he makes an offering of milk mixed mit ghee the flames blaze forth und burn seinhut, und thereupon he loses faith. In this story Aggi-Bhagavā seems to be identifiziert mit Mahā Brahmā. siehe auch KS.i.209, n.4.

In the exegesis to the Bhuridatta Jātaka (J.vi.202), the deity is spoken of as Aggideva, und mention is made of an enquiry made of learned Brahmanen by a König, Mujalinda, as to the way to heaven. In answer he is told that Aggideva is the brāhmanadevatā par excellence, und that he should be offered fresh ghee. Siehe auch Jātaveda.

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