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Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #8: Absent Lord

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What does it mean to worship beings that one believes are completely indifferent to, and entirely beyond the reach of, any form of worship whatsoever? How would such a relationship with sacred beings affect the religious life of a community? Using these questions as his point of departure, Lawrence A. Babb explores the ritual culture of image-worshipping Svetambar Jains of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Jainism traces its lineages back to the ninth century B.C.E. and is, along with Buddhism, the only surviving example of India's ancient non-Vedic religious traditions. It is known and celebrated for its systematic practice of non-violence and for the intense rigor of the asceticism it promotes. A unique aspect of Babb's study is his linking of the Jain tradition to the social identity of existing Jain communities.

Babb concludes by showing that Jain ritual culture can be seen as a variation on pan-Indian ritual patterns. In illuminating this little-known religious tradition, he demonstrates that divine "absence" can be as rich as divine "presence" in its possibilities for informing a religious response to the cosmos.

Synopsis:

Absent Lord sheds light on a little-known religious tradition and demonstrates that divine 'absence' can be as rich as divine 'presence' in its possibilities for informing a religious response to the cosmos.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-230) and index.

About the Author

Lawrence A. Babb is Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College and author of Redemptive Encounters: Three Modern Styles in the Hindu Tradition (California, 1986).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520203242
Author:
Babb, Lawrence
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Babb, Lawrence A.
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Jainism
Subject:
Jains
Subject:
Religious life -- Jainism.
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Jainism -- Rituals.
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Jainism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society (Paperback)
Series Volume:
94308
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.00x6.06x.62 in. .84 lbs.

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