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Commentarial Literature
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We have already pointed to the stories which were invented to illustrate the Piitimokkha rules, and which are included in the Bhikkhu and Bhikkhul).i vibhangas of the Vinaya Pitaka, as being commentarial by nature. But it was the Maha and Culla Niddesas of the Khuddaka Nikaya which were the first specifically commentarial compositions to be made (ef p. 80 fn). After the canon was officially closed there followed a vast literature of commentaries and sub-commentaries and sub-sub-commentaries based upon its Pali texts.2