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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 in cer…

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Babb, Lawrence A., “Dāna”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online, Denison University University of Edinburgh University of Bergen University of California, Berkeley John E. Cort, Paul Dundas, Knut A. Jacobsen, Kristi L. Wiley. Consulted online on 06 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

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