When the world was yet young, a golden swan, who had been
elected king of the birds, had a lovely daughter, and to her he promised the
boon of being allowed to choose her own husband. When all the birds were
assembled, she gazed on them, and, by reason of his beautiful colouring, chose
the peacock. Overjoyed by his good fortune, the peacock spread his feathers and
began to dance, thus exposing himself, and feeling no shame. The swanking was so
shocked by this lack of modesty that he gave his daughter to a young swan.
The story was related in reference to a monk who was
charged before the Buddha with possessing too many clothes. On being questioned
by the Buddha, he removed all his clothes and stood naked in the assembly. The
people expressed disgust at his behaviour, and he
became a layman. He is identified with the peacock of the story.
J.i.206ff. The story is sculptured in Bharhut; see Stupa
of Bharhut. Pl.zzvii. (11).