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The two kingdoms of the Mon and Burma peoples had been at war for a long time with the Mons winning. They had driven their enemies in to a small area around the capital. The Mon king to save lives sent in an assassin to kill the Burman king. It took the assassin a long time to get the opportunity to kill the king. Because he was starving he ate food that had been offered and was at a statue of the Buddha. Because of this he could no longer take a human life so he stole the crown and gave it to the Mon king.
However the war did not continue to go their way after the British joined the side of the crownless king. The Mon kingdom fell.
Basically taking the offered food was the same as taking precepts.
That’s the way I was told as a kid in Rangoon.