Ellen Gough

Ellen Gough is a scholar of Jainism and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University. Her book, Making a Mantra: Tantric Ritual and Renunciation on the Jain Path to Liberation (University of Chicago Press, 2021), examines the life of a single Jain mantra, from its inception at the outset of the first millennium, to its use in medieval tantric initiations and meditative exercises, to its popularity as a source of healing today. She is currently working on two projects on Digambara Jain festivals and Jain astrology.


Contributions by Ellen Gough


On the Tantricization of Jain Ascetic Rituals

In the RSP’s first episode on Jainism, Dr. Ellen Gough joins Andie Alexander to discuss what she terms “tantricization,” a method for thinking about the process of establishing something as tantric.