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Singing to the Jinas: Jain Laywomen, Mandal Singing, and the Negotiations of Jain Devotion

M. Whitney Kelting


This book draws upon 14 months of field research centered on devotional singing and Svetambar Jain laywomen's religiosity in Pune, Maharashtra. These women balance their lives between received ideals of womanhood (Jain, Gujarati, Indian, middle‐class) and their own personal understandings of what it means to be a good Jain. This book argues that the Jain laywomen's theologies are developed in the practice and performance of Jain hymn singing. The devotional songs articulate theology through their lyrics and through the contexts in which each is sung, which reflects the women's interpretations ... More

Keywords: authority, devotionalism, expertise, hymns, performance, praxis, prestige, theology, women, worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195140117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Whitney Kelting, author
St. Lawrence University
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