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The Codes of Conduct of the Terāpanth Samaṇ Order

Flügel, Peter (2003) 'The Codes of Conduct of the Terāpanth Samaṇ Order.' South Asia Research, 23 (1). pp. 7-53.

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Articles
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
ISSN: 02627280
Copyright Statement: Originally published in South Asia Research, 23:1. Copyright © Sage Publications. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of the copyright holders and the publishers.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1177/02627280030231002
Depositing User: Peter Flugel
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2008 11:24
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5240

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