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Dietery Laws

Christianity, Hinduism and Jainism: Comparison and Contrast

    All the religions of Christianity, Hinduism and Jainism have dietery laws or restrictions. Of these three, a strict Jain diet is the most demanding. Because one of the primary beliefs in Jainism is ahimsa, they mean to do the least harm they can to other living oraganisms, almost to the extreme. On top of not eating or drinking after sunset, as to not cause any harm to microorganisms which come out in the dark, jains do not eat meat, fish, eggs, honey or figs. Strict Jains do not eat root vegetables because small insects are killed in the harvest, and they also do not eat garlic or onions, which are said to increase sexual desires.

     Hindu dietery laws are a bit less demanding than those of jainism, though they are very similar. Hindus do not eat meat, fish, poultry or eggs. Beefis not eaten by any, for the cow is a sacred animal to them; some Hindus may occasionally eat other meats.they can drink milk, so their diet is not vegan like that of Jains, only Vegeterian.

Vegeterian Hindu meals

     Lastly, the dietery restrictions of Christians; these are the most leaniant off three religions. For ordinary days of the year, Chritians are able to eat as they please. On days of fast, they are asked to abstain from eatign meat. Traditionally there was a fast like this every Friday, but now thsi occurs mainly on Good Friday. Some denominations have more frequent fasts than this, and in stricter degrees.

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