Flügel, Peter (2003) 'The Codes of Conduct of the Terāpanth Samaṇ Order.' South Asia Research, 23 (1). pp. 7-53.
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The article investigates the relationship between canonical rules (dharma) and customary rules (maryādā) in contemporary Jain mendicant life. It focuses on an analysis of the Terāpanth Śvetāmbara Jain mendicant order and presents translations and analyses of the rules and regulations and initiation rituals for a new category of Jain novices, the samaṇ order, which was introduced by the Terāpanth in 1981. It is argued that variations and cumulative changes in post-canonical monastic law can be understood in terms of rule specification and secondary canonization and not only in terms of exceptions to the rule. The article contributes both to the anthropology of South Asian asceticism and monasticism and to the exploration of the maryādā and āvaśyaka literatures of the Jains.
|Additional Information:||Originally published in South Asia Research, 23:1. © Sage Publications. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holders and the publishers|
|Keywords:||asceticism, āvaśyaka literature, canonization, initiation, Jainism, Jain religious practice, monastic law, modernisation, renunciation, rites of atonement, vinaya literature|
|SOAS Departments & Centres:||Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Jaina Studies|
|Depositing User:||Peter Flugel|
|Date Deposited:||01 Aug 2008 11:24|
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