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Framing the Jina : Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History.

Author: John Cort
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2009.
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John Cort explores the narratives by which the Jains have explained the presence of icons of Jinas (their enlightened and liberated teachers) that are worshiped and venerated in the hundreds of thousands of Jain temples throughout India. Most of these narratives portray icons favorably, and so justify their existence; but there are also narratives originating among iconoclastic Jain communities that see the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Cort, John.
Framing the Jina : Narratives of Icons and Idols in Jain History.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Cort
ISBN: 9780199739578 0199739579
OCLC Number: 1058131597
Description: 1 online resource (417 pages)
Contents: Note on Language, Transliteration, Names, and Mendicant Titles; Illustrations; Introduction: Icons, Idols, and Revolution; 1. The Archaeology of Jina Images; 2. A Cosmos Filled with Eternal Icons: Icons, Cosmology, Mandalas, and Scripture; 3. The Spread of Icons in Our World; 4. The Lifetime "Living Lord" Icon of Mahavira: Anxiety about the Authenticity of Icons; 5. Idols and a History of Corruption; 6. The Inevitability of Tangible Form: A Natural Theology of Icons; Conclusion: Framing the Jina; Appendix: Titles of Jain Texts; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.

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John Cort explores the narratives by which the Jains have explained the presence of icons of Jinas (their enlightened and liberated teachers) that are worshiped and venerated in the hundreds of thousands of Jain temples throughout India. Most of these narratives portray icons favorably, and so justify their existence; but there are also narratives originating among iconoclastic Jain communities that see the existence of temple icons as a sign of decay and corruption. The veneration of Jina icons is one of the most widespread of all Jain ritual practices. Nearly every Jain community in India ha.

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