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Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India

John E. Cort


Jains in the World presents a detailed fieldwork‐based study of Jainism, focusing on the Svetambar Murtipujak Jains of north Gujarat. The book explains the institutional structures that make up Jain society and gives a comprehensive exposition of the major facets of Jain practice. Separate chapters present descriptions of temple worship and the connected Jain understandings of divinity, interactions between laity and mendicants (monks and nuns), involving both the lay gifting of food and relations based on lay devotion and mendicant grace, ascetic and dietary practices, and the ma ... More

Keywords: asceticism, auspiciousness, gift, Gujarat, ideology, Jainism, liberation, religious festivals, religious values, well‐being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195132342
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195132343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Cort, author
Denison University
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