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Hindu and Jaina mythological texts share many literary characters, some of which were clearly borrowed from one another. This paper examines two such cases of borrowing: the incorporation of the Hindu character Kr̥ṣṇa into the Jaina tradition and the incorporation of the Jaina savior...
This essay introduces the five subsequent articles, all of which focus on one or more literary characters from South Asian religious narratives. Covering examples from source texts found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, this essay will introduce the main characters discussed in the subsequent...
Throughout the narrative literature of early Indian Buddhism, we find the Buddha using tricks to help people along the path to awakening. These tricks, which involve both deceptions and illusions, enable those who experience them to put an end to defilements through unmistakable and often funny...
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