Hinduism and Jainism
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Jainism emerged around the 6th or 5th century BCE in the Gaṅgā basin of eastern India as a non-Brahmanical renunciatory tradition that advocated a strongly ascetic regimen as the means to obtain omniscience and liberation from rebirth. By approximately the 5th century CE the Jain community had bifurcated into two sec…

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Paul Dundas, “Hinduism and Jainism”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 27 April 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000147>
First published online: 2012



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