Theories of the Gift in South Asia: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Reflections on Dāna

Routledge (2004)
In South Asia, the period between 1100 and 1300 CE was a particularly prolific time for theorists from India's three main indigenous religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism - to articulate their views on the face-to-face gift encounter. Their gift theories shaped a cosmopolitan sensibility that shared ethical and aesthetic values that reached across regional, sectarian, and religious boundaries. This book explores the ethical and social implications of unilateral gifts of esteem, offering a perceptive guide to the uniquely South Asian contributors to theoretical work on the gift.
Keywords Religious ethics  Generosity Religious aspects  Hindu giving  Buddhist giving  Jaina giving
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Call number BJ123.G46.H45 2004
ISBN(s) 041597030X   9780415970303   0203502264   9780203502266
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