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Article: Śvetāmbara Stānaka-vāsīn

Contributed by Peter Flügel

Compulsory use of a mouth-cloth

Sthānaka-vāsin mendicants must always wear a mouth-clothmuṃhpatti – to prevent their accidentally swallowing living beings such as insects and dust. They may remove the mouth-cloth while eating or drinking.

The square white mouth-cloth is the main visible sign of identity for Sthānaka-vāsin monks and nuns.

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