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The term dāna carries wide significance in South Asian cultures and religions. It refers generally to a charitable gift, offering, or alms. Any charitable donation can be considered a dāna, as can a grant or endowment, particularly to a charity or religious institution. In the specifically ritual domain, it commonly denotes gifting to venerated religious figures, human or divine, but this is only a part of a picture that also includes ritualized gifting…

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Babb, Lawrence A., “Dāna”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Edited by: John E. Cort, Denison University, Paul Dundas, University of Edinburgh, Knut A. Jacobsen, University of Bergen, Kristi L. Wiley, University of California, Berkeley. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20180529

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