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Religious Knowledge and Stavan Collecting

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/10.1093/0195140117.003.0003
Religious Knowledge and Stavan Collecting

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Women learn and transmit new hymns through communities of singers in their natal and affine homes. The hymns are also found in published collections and on recorded cassettes, and the women collect hymn lyrics in notebook diaries. Hymn singing is actively encouraged in daughters who are acculturated into the hymn singing community, which may ultimately afford them a socioreligious community as well as a location for creative energy. Hymn learning, collecting, and publication are contemporary forms of participation in the long‐standing Jain religious project of text collections (in the Jain libraries) and the Jain worship of knowledge.

Keywords: collection; gender roles; hymn; knowledge; singing; worship

Chapter.  12580 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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