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Jainism and Ājīvikas
(11,171 words)

The beginnings and subsequent history of Jain asceticism, practices, religiosity, rituals, and philosophy cannot be properly understood without the background of Ājīvikism, a religious and philosophical system followed by the Ājīvikas. Now a forgotten Indian religion, Ājīvikism once ranked as one of the most important religions in India between the 4th and the 1st century BCE, aft…

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Balcerowicz, Piotr, “Jainism and Ājīvikas”, 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 29 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2020

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