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Narrative Literature
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Perhaps nothing so vividly demonstrates the importance of stories in Jain religious literature as their prominent role in some of the earliest texts that have come down to us, the Śvetāmbara canonical texts (Dundas, 2002, 73–76). In these, basic teachings for laypeople and monastics are often given in the form of a sermon that Jina Mahāvīra delivers. Fo…

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Granoff, Phyllis, “Narrative Literature”, 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: 20181114

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