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Flügel, Peter (2017) 'Jaina Afterlife Beliefs and Funerary Practices.' In: Moreman, Christopher M., (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Death and Dying. Abingdon; New York: Routledge, pp. 119-132. (Routledge Religion Companions)

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The article offers a concise analysis of contemporary Jaina mortuary practices and textual paradigms with a focus on the previous unstudied Jaina funerary ceremonies. It argues that, despite outward similarities with Vedic practices, the conventional cremations of Jaina mendicants are symbolical performances, that is, ceremonies rather than rituals, which visualize the presumed ascent of the soul to heaven, as such they offer the opportunity for onlookers to generate merit through the anumodana, that is, the mental appreciation of the heavenly rebirth of an exemplary personality, whose pursuit of self-restraint has come to fruition.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Jainism, Mortuary Rituals, Funeral Ceremonies, Afterlife Beliefs, Textual Paradigms, Contemporary Practices, Daśaratha, Buddha, Ṛṣabha, Jambuddīvapannatti, vaikuṇṭhī
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Jaina Studies
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 07:46


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