"who comes from the jackals"


The jackal is a canine predator that hunts in packs with its original home in the jungles and plains of Asia. The jackal features in many mythological takes; in Indian folklore it is portrayed as a trickster; in Ancient Egyptian religion, it is supposed to take the guise of Anubis, the god of embalming.

In the novel, the reference is indicative of Siddhartha’s life in the forest, as a wandering ascetic, fraught with dangers and deprivations. It also suggests Siddhartha’s free spirit, the lack of wealth and material well-being, and dependence on alms.