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The Śvetāmbara (lit. “white-clad”) are the largest and most influential group among the Jains (Jainism). They reject as unnecessary the complete nudity demanded as the monastic ideal in the strict asceticism followed by the Digambara and prescribe white robes instead. The Digambara settled in southern India, whereas the Śvetāmbara settled in the north and especially the west, where they are concentrated today. By the council of Valabhī in the mid-5th century at the latest, the difference that emerged…

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Rospatt, Alexander v., “Śvetāmbara”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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