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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.1 In these, basic teachings for laypeople and monastics are often given in the form of a sermon that Jina Mahāvīra delivers. For each occasion that the Jina preaches, the text provides a …

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Granoff, Phyllis, “Narrative Literature”, 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 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

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