- a dualistic religion founded in the 6th century b.c. as a revolt against current Hinduism and emphasizing the perfectibility of human nature and liberation of the soul, especially through asceticism and nonviolence toward all living creatures.
Origin of Jainism
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Examples from the Web for jainism
But it must be remembered that even in Jainism Buddha is only a memory.
Jainism had a distinguished but chequered career in the south.
The beauty of Jainism finds its best expression in architecture.
It is a celebrated stronghold of Jainism, and here is another most splendid temple.
Jainism, like every other heathen system, is an effort to earn salvation by labors and sacrifices of one's own.
- an ancient Hindu religion, which has its own scriptures and believes that the material world is eternal, progressing endlessly in a series of vast cycles
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Word Origin and History for jainism
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