The "Forest of Thieves" and the "Magic Garden": An Anthology of Medieval Jain Stories

The "Forest of Thieves" and the "Magic Garden": An Anthology of Medieval Jain Stories

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By (author) Phyllis Granoff

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 32mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 014045523X
  • ISBN 13: 9780140455236
  • Sales rank: 479,321

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The stories collected in this volume reflect the rich tradition of medieval Jain storytelling between the seventh and fifteenth centuries, from simple folk tales and lives of famous monks to sophisticated narratives of rebirth. They describe they ways in which a path to peace and bliss can be found, either by renouncing the world or by following Jain ethics of non-violence, honesty, moderation and fidelity. Here are stories depicting the painful consequences when a loved one chooses life as a monk, the triumph of Jain women who win over their husbands to their religion, or the rewards of a simple act of piety. The volume ends with an account of vice and virtue, which depict the thieving and destructive passions lurking in the forest of life, ready to rob the unsuspecting traveller of reason and virtue.

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Phyllis Granoff received a PhD. from Harvard University in Sanskrit and Indian Studies and Fine Arts in 1973. She teaches Sanskrit and Indian Religions at McMaster University on Hamilton, Ontario, edits the Journal of Indian Philosophy and continues to work on traditional and modern Indian literature. Phyllis Granoff received a PhD. from Harvard University in Sanskrit and Indian Studies and Fine Arts in 1973. She teaches Sanskrit and Indian Religions at McMaster University on Hamilton, Ontario, edits the Journal of Indian Philosophy and continues to work on traditional and modern Indian literature.