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Jainism is a non-theistic religion practiced in India. It teaches non-violence towards all living beings. It also emphasizes equality between all forms of life. The name "Jain" derived from the word "Jinas" or "warriors", although the conflict in this case is attempting to conquer one's self. Jainism shares some demi-gods with Hinduism. The main Jain scriptures are the Kalpasutra, Agamas, and the Tattvartha Sutra.

Some of the core beliefs of Jainism include: [1][2]

  • Non-violence (Ahimsa)
  • Karma
  • Reincarnation
  • Anti-materialism and detachment from possessions (Aparigraha)
  • Striving to achieve Nirvana
  • Long periods of fasting
  • Semi-vegitarian diet, but no root vegetables
  • Alcohol is forbidden (although this rule is often ignored)
  • Cosmological cycle of happy and unhappy epochs
  • Against abortion [3]
  • Against suicide [3]
  • Infinite time
  • No stealing (Astaya)
  • Only speak the truth (Satya)
  • Celibacy is encouraged (Bhramacharya)
  • Eating at night is discouraged (to avoid harming nocturnal insects)
  • Liberation of the soul (Moksha)

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