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Flügel, Peter (2019) Jaina Rituals of Death: History, Doctrine and Practice. London: Routledge. (Routledge Advances in Jaina Studies 7) (Forthcoming)

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Abstract

In this book, the author presents recent, somewhat unexpected, findings on the thriving cult of bone relic stupas and the ritual role of the materiality of the dead amongst contemporary Jains. Based on extensive fieldwork in India, clear evidence is offered for the ubiquity of bone relic stupas and relic veneration across the Jain sectarian spectrum, although classical Jain doctrine rejects the worship of material objects. The unique analysis applied in this book juxtaposes field-based ethnographic materials with textual analysis. Additionally, the author adds a broad comparative scope by systematically comparing Jain textual sources with the relevant sources from the Brahmanical and Buddhist traditions. This groundbreaking work will significantly reshape the field of Jain studies and its relationship with other South Asian religious traditions. It also offers is a major contribution to the history of religions.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, mortuary rituals, death, funerals, Terāpanth, Śvetāmbara, Jain, stūpa, samādhi, bone relics, Ācārya Tulsī , Caland
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Jaina Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
K Law > KB Religious Law in General
P Language and Literature > PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
D History General and Old World
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences
ISBN: 9781138232693
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 08:43
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/26388
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council

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