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Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xx ] The religious suicide traditionally regarded as the ideal mode of death for pious members of the J ain religion, although hardly ever practised in modern times. As envisaged in classical Jain literature, the ascetic practice of ‘scouring out’ ( sallekhana ) negative factors involved monastic reinitiation and the gradual withdrawal from food and water in a lucid state of meditation. Inscriptional evidence suggests sallekhana was practised by lay Jains in the medieval period. [4: 155–6] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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