Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History
John E. Cort
SUNY Press, Jul 10, 1998 - Religion - 264 pages
Open Boundaries provides a new perspective on Jainism, one of the oldest yet least-studied of the world’s living religions. Ten closely-focused studies investigate the interactions between Jains and non-Jains in South Asian society, with detailed studies of yoga, tantra, aesthetic theory, erotic poetry, theories of kingship, goddess worship, temple ritual, polemical poetry, religious women, and historiography. Viewing the Jains within a South Asian context results in a strikingly different portrait from the standard models represented in both traditional Western and Indian scholarship.
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Introduction Contested Jain Identities of Self and Other
Haribhadras Analysis of Pātanjala and Kula Yoga in the yogadṛṣṭisamuccaya
Becoming Gautama Mantra and History in Śvetāmbara Jainism
Hemacandra and Sanskrit Poetics
Erotic Excess and Sexual Danger in the Cīvakacintāmai
Who Is a King? Jain Narratives of Kingship in Medieval Western India
Sweetmeats or Corpses? Community Conversion and Sacred Places
Ritual Culture and the Distinctiveness of Jainism
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