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Hearing and Listening to the Voices of the Śrāvikā*

M. Whitney Kelting

in Singing to the Jinas

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140118
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140117.003.0001
Hearing and Listening to the Voices of the Śrāvikā*

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While Jain scholarship has focused on those texts and practices favoring male participation, the Jain community itself relies heavily on laywomen's participation for religious education, the performance of key rituals, and the locus of religious knowledge. Jain laywomen negotiate their Jain‐ness within the discursive arenas of Gujarati–Marathi, Jain–Jain, mendicant–lay, and male–female interactions. A description and history of the primary temple in this study, Ajitnath Temple, gives a context for this study. This chapter frames the book's discussions of knowledge and women's authority.

Keywords: Ajitnath; hymns; identity; Jain; knowledge; rituals; temple; women; worship

Chapter.  19237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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