Supranormal (or so-called Psychic Powers) in the (Buddhist) Pali Cannon

Linked below are places in the Pali Cannon mentioning supranormal abilities or so-called “psychic powers.”

But first, a few questions (even though it is not worth wasting much energy defending the significance of seemingly fantastical things in comparison to where the masses still reference (their) reality: the TeeVee news media which is currently still being dumbed down to around a 5th grade level, and also whatever is on social media in alignment with it.)

Why would supranormal abilities even be mentioned by, or in association with a historical figure so psychologically developed and adept by today’s scientific standards that neuroscience and psychology is finally catching up with some of the Buddha’s teachings?

If these abilities are only mere mythology or metaphor how did they originate? Where did the ideas come from? If from the imagination, how does that work?

Why spend so much time detailing and mentioning “psychic powers”?

Why were “psychic powers” so important to Devadatta the Buddha’s cousin and brother to his wife, and whom some say was his arch nemesis?

What is the significance, if any, of the (establishing of the) monastic rule prohibiting public displays of psychic power for anyone except the Buddha?

Selections via SuttaCentral.net mentioning supranormal/”psychic” powers:

  1. AN10.90
  2. AN10.97
  3. AN11.10
  4. AN1.188-197
  5. AN1.235-247
  6. AN1.394-574
  7. AN3.101
  8. AN3.102
  9. AN3.144
  10. AN3.156-162
  11. AN3.40
  12. AN3.60
  13. AN4.191
  14. AN4.276
  15. AN4.45
  16. AN5.100
  17. AN5.23
  18. AN5.28
  19. AN5.67
  20. AN5.68
  21. AN6.2
  22. AN6.41
  23. AN6.54
  24. AN6.70
  25. AN7.71
  26. AN8.19
  27. AN8.28
  28. AN8.30
  29. AN8.70
  30. AN9.35
  31. AN9.83
  32. AN9.84-91
  33. AN9.92
  34. DN10
  35. DN11
  36. DN14
  37. DN16
  38. DN17
  39. DN18
  40. DN24
  41. DN26
  42. DN28
  43. DN29
  44. DN2
  45. DN30
  46. DN33
  47. DN34
  48. DN3
  49. MN103
  50. MN104
  51. MN108
  52. MN118
  53. MN119
  54. MN129
  55. MN12
  56. MN149
  57. MN151
  58. MN16
  59. MN25
  60. MN37
  61. MN49
  62. MN50
  63. MN56
  64. MN6
  65. MN73
  66. MN77
  67. MN86
  68. MN91
  69. MN92
  70. MN99
  71. SN12.70
  72. SN14.15
  73. SN16.9
  74. SN21.1
  75. SN21.3
  76. SN22.101
  77. SN2.26
  78. SN22.80
  79. SN22.81
  80. SN40.1
  81. SN40.2
  82. SN40.3
  83. SN40.4
  84. SN40.5
  85. SN40.6
  86. SN40.7
  87. SN40.8
  88. SN40.9
  89. SN41.4
  90. SN4.20
  91. SN43.12
  92. SN43.7
  93. SN45.155
  94. SN51.10
  95. SN51.11
  96. SN51.12
  97. SN51.13
  98. SN51.14
  99. SN51.15
  100. SN51.16
  101. SN51.17
  102. SN51.18
  103. SN51.19
  104. SN51.1
  105. SN51.20
  106. SN51.21
  107. SN51.22
  108. SN51.23
  109. SN51.24
  110. SN51.25
  111. SN51.26
  112. SN51.27
  113. SN51.28
  114. SN51.29
  115. SN51.2
  116. SN51.30
  117. SN51.31
  118. SN51.32
  119. SN51.33-44
  120. SN51.3
  121. SN51.4
  122. SN51.5
  123. SN51.6
  124. SN51.77-86
  125. SN51.7
  126. SN51.8
  127. SN51.9
  128. SN52.12
  129. SN5.5
  130. SN6.14
  131. SN6.5
  132. SN6.6
  133. SN8.10
  134. SN8.12
  135. Thag10.7
  136. Thag1.38
  137. Thag16.9
  138. Thag17.2
  139. Thag18.1
  140. Thag19.1
  141. Thag20.1
  142. Thag21.1
  143. Thag6.10
  144. Thag6.1
  145. Thig11.1
  146. Thig13.5
  147. Thig5.1

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