Glossary

Śvetāmbara
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TermŚvetāmbara
Alternative TermsŚvetāmbaras, Shvetambara, Shvetambaras, Shvetambar, Shvetambars, Shwetambar, Shwetambara, Swetambar, Swetambara
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'White-clad’ in Sanskrit, the title of one of the two main divisions of Jainism, in which both male and female mendicants wear white robes. There are some differences of doctrine or belief between these two sects and to some extent their followers consider themselves as belonging to distinct branches. Divisions can be fierce in practical matters, for example, over the ownership of pilgrimage places, but all sects see themselves as Jains.

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