Brill's Encyclopedia of Jainism Online

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The Jain traditions are rich in religious symbols. These symbols are linked to Jain teachings and salvific goals, art, rituals, and worship as well as to Jain religious identity. They symbolize the path to salvific liberation as well as auspiciousness and worldly prosperity, appear in rituals and in art, and communicate and represent the religious tradition and community. Some of t…

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Jacobsen, Knut A., “Symbols”, 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: 20181220

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