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Cuisine et désir d'ascétisme chez les Jains digambar (Inde)

Abstract : Most of the Jains in India are merchants and city-dwellers, and their religion is distinct from hinduism. Their community includes laymen and ascetics or monks, who have gone through a ritual initiation. The basic principle of non-violence, combined with a cosmology according to which every living being has a soul, enjoins a strictly vegetarian diet, and also forbids monks and nuns to cook. Therefore to prepare food for them is a laymen's duty. This article describes the gift of food, considered as the supreme gift, and reveals that it is a fundamental event, not only as a religious prasctice, but also in the construction of self, and of the society of digambar Jains.
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Marie-Claude Mahias. Cuisine et désir d'ascétisme chez les Jains digambar (Inde). L'autre, Cliniques, cultures et sociétés, La pensée sauvage, 2006, vol. 7 (n°3), pp. 457-465. ⟨10.3917/lautr.021.0457⟩. ⟨halshs-02425401⟩



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