Another panel is devoted to betrothal rites that are strictly Indonesian customs and totally unrelated to the classical Lalita. The subject is in fact that of prenuptial rites such as described in Western fairy tales: the handsome prince must prove himself before earning the beautiful princess. In like manner then, the poor Buddha is required to undergo a number of trials, such as a feat of archery, in order to marry his Gupta (Indian dynasty C. 320-c.550) princess. Another traditional test of a prince's purely physical force involves killing an elephant with but a kick of the leg (the Buddha is said to have sent the elephant right over the wall of a house). Everyone applauds the prince's exploits, and the two marry. As remarkable as it seems, this is considered a jataka.
The jatakas refer to all the legends concerning the lives of previous buddhas, in other words the lives of the Bodhisattvas. In as thoroughly Buddhist a culture as Indonesia, this chapter - which takes place prior to Buddhism - has nevertheless been fully incorporated into the story of the Buddha, which shows how difficult it has been for various countries drawn to Buddhism to remain fully orthodox.
Many mistakes were possible, and the one narrated here certainly rings false: the story of piercing seven trees with a single arrow is in fact a Hindu tale concerning the youth of Arjuna (chief hero of the Bhagavad-Gita), who accomplished the exploit to impress his own father. Yet such individual discrepancies hardly affect the overall coherence of the panels.