This talk will highlight fundamental aspects of the Jain religious traditions as illustrated on a set of Jain devotional textiles (chhoda) exhibited at UCLA's Fowler Museum. These devotional textiles shine with references to Jain mythology, spiritual teachers, sacred sites, ritual traditions, and other religious themes. Historically significant in South Asian trade and local artistic production as well as religious patronage, they adorn homes, shrines, and temples of the Jain community world-wide.
Lynna Dhanani obtained her doctorate from Yale University and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis. She co-curated the exhibition Visualizing Devotion: Jain Embroidered Shrine Hangings at the Fowler Museum and is co-author of its exhibition catalogue. Having dedicated herself to the study of multiple Indian religions for more than two decades, Dr. Dhanani has a wide range of interests including the study of ancient and modern Indian languages and South Asian religious art.
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