Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History

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John E. Cort
SUNY Press - Religion - 264 pages
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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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Contents

IIARIBHADRAS ANALYSIS OF PATANIALA AND KULA YOGA
15
MANTRA AND HISTORY IN
31
IIEMACANDRA AND SANSKRIT POETICS
53
EROTIC EXCESS AND SEXUAL DANGER IN THE CIVAKACINTAMANI
67
WHO Is A KING? JAIN NARRATIVES OF KINGSHIP IN
85
SWEETMEATS OR CORPSES? COMMUNITY CONVERSION III
111
RITUAL CULTURE AND THE DISTINCTIVENESS OF JAINISM
139
AINS As OTHERS
163
JAIN AND HINDU RELIGIOUS WOMEN
187
THE STORY OF THE DISAPPEARING JAINs RETELLING THE
213
References
225
Contributors
257
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John E. Cort is Associate Professor of Religion at Denison University.

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