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Riches and Renunciation: Religion, Economy, and Society among the Jains (Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

Laidlaw, James

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ISBN 10: 0198280424 / ISBN 13: 9780198280422
Verlag: Oxford University Press, 1996
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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 'Through a carefully articulated set of arguments and vivid descriptions of fasts, feasts and festivities, Laidlaw . describes the mythology and doctrine of Jainism, the relations of Jains with other groups in Indian society . The book is rich in detail and full of information about the Jaina way of life . an excellent piece of research which contributes substantially to the understanding of Jaina ethics and way of life . it will certainly be ofgreat import to cultural anthropologists.'Contemporary South Asia'Through a carefully articulated set of arguments and vivid descriptions of fasts, feasts and festivities, Laidlaw . describes the mythology and doctrine of Jainism, the relations of Jains with other groups in Indian society . The book is rich in details and full of information about the Jaina way of life . an excellent piece of research which contributes substantially to the understanding of Jaina ethics and way of life . it will certainly be ofgreat import to cultural anthropologists.'Contemporary South Asia'Laidlaw's details and careful argumentation override the occasional heavy-handed appeals to theoretical models, ultimately leaving the reader satiated and unquestionably better informed about Jain belief and practice. This book would be appropriate for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and a must for anyone seriously interested in Indian religions, the urban middle-class, or social ethics.'Religious Studies Review'James Laidlaw's Riches and Renunciation is the most substantial book in this flurry of scholarship . Laidlaw in good post-structuralist fashion is content to let the contradictions and tensions exist side by side in a web of relationships.'Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0198280424

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The Jains of India are a flourishing and prosperous community, but their religion is focused on the teaching and example of ascetic Renouncers, whose austere regime is actually dedicated to ending worldly life and often culminates in a fast to death. This book, which draws upon a detailed study of Jainism in the city of Jaipur, shows how renunciation and ascetism play a central part in the life of a thriving business community, and how world-renunciation combines for Jain families with the pursuit of worldly happiness.

Über den Autor: James Laidlaw is co-author of The Archetypal Actions of Ritual (C.P., 1994)

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Titel: Riches and Renunciation: Religion, Economy, ...

Verlag: Oxford University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 1996

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