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The Jaina Cult of Relic Stūpas

Flügel, Peter (2010) 'The Jaina Cult of Relic Stūpas.' Numen, 57 (3). pp. 389-504.

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This article gives an overview of recent findings on the thriving cult of bone relic stūpas in contemporary Jaina culture. Although Jaina doctrine rejects the worship of material objects, fieldwork in India on the hitherto unstudied current Jaina mortuary rituals furnished clear evidence for the ubiquity of bone relic stūpas and relic veneration across the Jaina sectarian spectrum. The article discusses a representative case and assesses the significance of the overall findings for the history of religions. It also offers a new theoretical explanation of the power of relics.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Keywords: Jaina relic stūpas, mortuary rituals, Vallabha Samudāya, cultural unconscious, theory of generalized symbolic media, relics as social forms
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Religions and Philosophies > Centre of Jaina Studies
ISSN: 00295973
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1163/156852710X501351
Depositing User: Peter Flugel
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 14:35
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/8618


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