Post by Maleibidulu on May 25, 2020 20:35:46 GMT -5
On the banks of the Indian Ocean in Tulu Nadu, India lived the last of the Yapaniya Jains. The Yapaniya diverged from the two other main Jain groups, Digambara (Sky-clad) and Svetambara (white-clad). All Jains believe that monk duty requires the refusal and denial of all earth connections and possessions to reach moksha (liberation). The Digambara believed that the only males could become monks and should be nude at all times, having nor want, nor possession, nor family. The Svetambara believed in the equal status of women but was apprehensive about having naked female monks, so in response forced everyone to wear white clothing. The Yapaniya on the other hand, us, we believed in the equal status in all things. Men and women can both reach moksha and nudity is only necessary when we pray. Hindus and Buddhist communities came and left and thanks to our Dravidian-inherited trade links we sailed the seas spreading our doctrine of equality, fruitarianism and pacifism. A community established themselves near Panara in Bunkaiia (Pankhaia). Back home, between the now hostile settlements of Muslims, Hindus, Jews and even Portuguese-inspired Christians, Tulu Nadu’s Yapaniya community became small and fragmented. The allowed for the final nail in the coffin when both Digambara and Svetambara Jains flooded in and cultural subsumed Yapaniya’s unique perspective.
The far-flung community in Bunkaiia - a nation that is not even predominantly Dravidian or Aryan has now become the last place on earth that follows Yapaniya Jainism. Welcome to the Autonomous Communities of Màleibidulu-Sàmberiti!