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Flügel, Peter (2024) 'Pure Soul and the Jaina Traditions, Syntax and Experience.' Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, 19. pp. 16-22.

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Abstract

In museums and exhibitions, the Jaina tradition has generally been presented in stereotyped form. The approach of the Pure Soul exhibition at The Brunei Gallery SOAS was different. For the first time, philosophical and social differences within the Jaina tradition were placed at centre stage, highlighting the internal pluralism of Jaina thought and practice, and the fact that there are distinct varieties of Jaina ethics. The premise was that in its processes of internal differentiation, the vitality and creativity of the Jaina tradition manifests itself. The aim was to inform a wider public about previously underrepresented facets of the Jaina way of life, in particular on the non-image venerating Śvetāmbara mendicant traditions, and lay traditions inspired by the spiritual teachings of the Digambara monk Kundakunda. Most of these traditions do not even feature in standard textbooks on Jainism, let alone exhibitions, though thirty to forty percent of Jainas follow them today.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: soul, self, jaina, religion, philosophy, history, aniconic, spiritual, traditions, art, mendicant paraphernalia, upakaraṇas, maps, modern, exhibitions, museums, amūrtipūjaka, mūrtipūjaka, Sthānakavāsī, Śvetāmbara, Digambara, Kānjī Svāmī, Tāraṇa Svāmī, Śrīmad Rājacandra
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Jaina Studies
Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
C Auxiliary Sciences of History
N Fine Arts
ISSN: 2059416X
Copyright Statement: Editors & Publishers Permission
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2024 20:13
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/41636
Funders: Leverhulme Trust, Other

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