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Singing to the JinasJain Laywomen, Mandal Singing, and the Negotiations of Jain Devotion$
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M. Whitney Kelting

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195140117.001.0001

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Daily Worship, Improvisation, and Individual Devotion

Daily Worship, Improvisation, and Individual Devotion

(p.108) 5 Daily Worship, Improvisation, and Individual Devotion
Singing to the Jinas

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The women (and men) draw their daily practice from a set of appropriate actions, all of which are called puja. Improvization is framed by the appropriate sentiment of devotion, and the women use teaching puja and discussions of daily puja to explain the relationship between right action and intention. There are specific faults or sins that mark when the worshipper is ’getting it wrong’ and are considered a sign of the wrong religious sentiment. Despite orthodox arguments to the contrary, personal hymn repertoires express a belief in the Jinas’ grace and compassion for the devotees and reflect a personal style within the range of acceptable acts and beliefs.

Keywords:   devotees, devotion, education, improvization, orthodox, religious, sentiment, worship

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