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(Pāli, without bonds).

Name used in early Buddhist sources to refer to the Jains, and to their leader Nigaṇṭha Nātaputta (see Mahāvīra). The Jains were referred to as nigaṇṭha because they claimed that their practices freed them from all bonds. See also Jainism.

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