The Shapes and Categories of Stavan

M. Whitney Kelting

in Singing to the Jinas

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140118
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834365 | DOI:
The Shapes and Categories of Stavan

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The women's categorization of Jain hymns illuminates the content – and performance‐based understanding of the genre. The harmony of a Jain hymn and its poetics, music, and accompanying dance is central to Jain aesthetics. Jain poetry relies on the sentiment of peace for its emotional basis. The careful performances and the attention to the details of performance are a major part of Jain aesthetics and reflect Jain religious values.

Keywords: aesthetics; categorization; hymn; Jain; musicality; peace; performance; poetics; poetry

Chapter.  12587 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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