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Jains, Kings, and Kingship in Medieval India
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The Metaphors of War and Kingship

Jainism is a religion of metaphors. Indeed, the name Jaina itself is derived from the word “Jina” (“Conqueror”), which names the 24 perfected beings toward whom the tradition is oriented. These beings, who in their final worldly incarnations embody the tradition’s value of nonviolence, complexly bear a ­battle-inspired moniker. The imbrication…

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Pierce Taylor, Sarah, “Jains, Kings, and Kingship in Medieval India”, 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 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2020

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