Angavijja, Anga-vijja, Aṅgavijjā: 3 definitions



Angavijja means something in Jainism, Prakrit, Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Jainism

General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: ISJS: Study Notes (Vol. 1)

Aṅgavijjā (अङ्गविज्जा) is the name of a Jaina work; written by an unknown author or authors. It is work of importance for reconstructing India’s history of the first four centuries after Christ. It is an encyclopedic work for highlighting the cultural materials it contains.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

aṅgavijjā : (f.) palmistry and other prognostications from the marks on the body.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Aṅgavijjā refers to: the art of prognosticating from marks on the body, chiromantics, palmistry etc. (cp. above 3) D.I, 9 (see expl. at DA.I, 93); J.I, 290 (°āya cheka clever in fortune-telling); °ânubhāva the power of knowing the art of signs on the body J.II, 200; V, 284; °pāṭhaka one who in versed in palmistry etc. J.II, 21, 250; V, 458.

Note: aṅgavijjā is a Pali compound consisting of the words aṅga and vijjā.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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