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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 the symbols present a synthesized summary of some of the teachings of Jainism.


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Jacobsen, Knut A., “Symbols”, 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 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2020

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