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Heroic Wives Rituals, Stories and the Virtues of Jain Wifehood

M. Whitney Kelting


Being a good Jain woman involves negotiating between the mutually exclusive ideologies found in the South Asian discourse of devoted wifehood and in the Jain discourse of renunciation. This book draws from a diverse collection of oral tellings, popular tracts, songs, verse narratives, fasting rituals, religious dramas, and large‐scale worship to provide new perspectives on the inherent tension between these ideologies and the space that tension creates for laywomen's agency. Heroic Wives suggests that women creatively and selectively negotiate their identities as wives at different moments on ... More

Keywords: fasting, identity, Jainism, marriage, narrative, ritual studies, selfhood, South Asia, wifehood, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195389647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Whitney Kelting, author
Northeastern University
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