The Epitome of Queen Lilavati (Volume 2)

543 pages

August, 2006

ISBN: 9780814727423

Subjects:

Literature

Part of the Clay Sanskrit Library series

Authors

All books by Jinaratna

All books by Richard Fynes

The second volume of Jina·ratna's thirteenth-century The Epitome of Queen Lilávati completes his story. Embodied souls undergo all too human adventures in a succession of lives, as they advance to final release. The primary purpose of Jain narrative literature was to edify lay people through amusement; consequently the stories are racy, and in some cases the moralizing element is rather tenuous.

Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation

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