Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History

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John E. Cort
SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 264 pages
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Enlarges our understanding of Jainism, one of the oldest yet least-studied of the world's living religions, by challenging the standard scholarly portraits of both Jains and South Asian religion and culture.

 

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Contents

Introduction Contested Jain Identities of Self and Other
1
Haribhadras Analysis of Pātanjala and Kula Yoga in the yogadṛṣṭisamuccaya
15
Becoming Gautama Mantra and History in Śvetāmbara Jainism
31
Hemacandra and Sanskrit Poetics
53
Erotic Excess and Sexual Danger in the Cīvakacintāmai
67
Who Is a King? Jain Narratives of Kingship in Medieval Western India
85
Sweetmeats or Corpses? Community Conversion and Sacred Places
111
Ritual Culture and the Distinctiveness of Jainism
139
Śramaṇas Against the Tamil Way Jains as Others in Tamil Śaiva Literature
163
Jain and Hindu Religious Women In Early Medieval Tamilnadu
187
The Story of the Disappearing Jains Retelling the ŚaivaJain Encounter in Medieval South India
213
References
225
Contributors
257
Index
258
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John E. Cort is Associate Professor of Religion at Denison University.

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