Definition of jainism :
The heterodox Hindoo religion, of which the most striking features are the exaltation of saints or holy mortals, called jins, above the ordinary Hindoo gods, and the denial of the divine origin and infallibility of the Vedas. It is intermediate between Brahmanism and Buddhism, having some things in common with each.
- A processional terrace surrounds the walled pavement supporting the grey edifice, and the sculptured bas- reliefs denote the transitional stage of Buddhist faith, as it materialised through Jainism into the Puranic mythology of Hindu creed. - "Through the Malay Archipelago", Emily Richings.
- Jainism had a distinguished but chequered career in the south. - "Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch", Charles Eliot.
- Many of their doctrines, especially their disregard not only of priests but of gods, which seems to us so strange in any system which can be called a religion, are closely analogous to Buddhism and from one point of view Jainism is part of the Buddhist movement. - "Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch", Charles Eliot.