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Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture

by Lawrence A Babb

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Motilal Banarsidass


8120815386 - Year: 1998 - Pages: 254



Lawrence A Babb
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Author: Lawrence A Babb
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 1998
Language: English
Pages: 254
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120815386


What does it mean to worship beings that one believes are completely indifferent to, and entirely beyond the reach, of any form of worship whatsoever? What is the implications of such a relationship with sacred beings for the religious life of a community? Using these questions as his point of departure, Babb explores the ritual culture of image-worshiping Svetambar Jains.

Jainism is, aside from Buddhism, the only surviving example of India's ancient non-Vedic religious traditions. It is known and celebrated for its systematic practice of non-violence and for the rigor of the asceticism it promotes. Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture sheds light on a little-known religious tradition and demonstrates that divine absence can be as rich as divine presence in its possibilities for informing a religious response to the cosmos.



1. Victors:
i. The lord's last life.
ii. The cosmos.
iii. Living ascetics.
2. Kings of the Gods:
i. The lord's bath.
ii. Reflexivity.
3. Magical monks: a ritual subculture:
i. Ascetic career as ritual charter.
ii. Dadagurudevs.
iii. A ritual subculture.
4. Valor: the transformation of warrior-kings:
i. Kings who give up meat.
ii. Khartar Gacch legends.
iii. Warrior-kings transformed.
5. Giving and giving up:
i. Variations.
ii. Hot potatoes.





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