Between the 4th and 6th centuries, Chinese Buddhists adapted fables from Buddhist India as a way to further the understanding of religious doctrines.
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Learn More in these related Britannica articles:. The word fable derives from the Latin word fabula , which originally meant about the same as the Greek mythos. Like mythos , it came to mean a fictitious or untrue story. Myths, in contrast, are not presented as fictitious or untrue. Fable s, whether of the well-known Aesop cycle, with animals acting according to their real natures, or those from India, where animals simply act as men and women, are literary in origin. But they have had an important influence on folk literature. In addition to…. History at your fingertips.
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