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The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden

Phyllis Granoff (Author)
Synopsis An anthology of original and compelling tales of Jain wisdom. This fine collection of stories revolving around the concept of renunciation are drawn from texts dating between the 7th and 15th centuries and also represent a variety of genres. Themes central to Jainism are explored here. Among these are renunciation of the world by young men; the effects of such renunciation upon families, wives and children; the persistence of emotional bonds beyond a single birth; the paradox of friendship and social ties; the strength of the fidelity and piety of women and the power of love and excessive emotion to delude and entrap. Author's authentic, modern and reader-friendly rendering from the Sanskrit and Prakrit makes this a rich and remarkable narrative of living Jainism and its literary traditions
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About the author

Phyllis Granoff

Dr. Koichi Shinohara and Dr. Phyllis Granoff teach in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. With support from the social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada they have been conducting research on religious biographies in India and China.

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Title The Forest of Thieves and the Magic Garden
Format Softcover
Date published: 04.07.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0140437223
length 373p.