Laywomen's Authority and Jain Theology

M. Whitney Kelting

in Singing to the Jinas

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140118
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834365 | DOI:
Laywomen's Authority and Jain Theology

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The final chapter describes a conflict over the efficacy of a particular formal liturgical worship performance and asks theological questions about the primacy of right thought and right knowledge over right action (here, religious gifting); it highlights the ways that the issues of theology, orthopraxy, authority, and hymn singing are navigated and negotiated by the Jain laywomen in the Parsva Women's Mandal. The women reconstructed this theological argument from a belief that they had both the authority to make a theological critique and a valid understanding of Jainism derived from their own experiences.

Keywords: authority; gifting; identity; lay; liturgical; performance; theology; worship

Chapter.  6569 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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