Daily Worship, Improvisation, and Individual Devotion

M. Whitney Kelting

in Singing to the Jinas

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140118
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834365 | DOI:
Daily Worship, Improvisation, and Individual Devotion

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The women (and men) draw their daily practice from a set of appropriate actions, all of which are called puja. Improvization is framed by the appropriate sentiment of devotion, and the women use teaching puja and discussions of daily puja to explain the relationship between right action and intention. There are specific faults or sins that mark when the worshipper is ’getting it wrong’ and are considered a sign of the wrong religious sentiment. Despite orthodox arguments to the contrary, personal hymn repertoires express a belief in the Jinas’ grace and compassion for the devotees and reflect a personal style within the range of acceptable acts and beliefs.

Keywords: devotees; devotion; education; improvization; orthodox; religious; sentiment; worship

Chapter.  17747 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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