jainism

6.1.16

How India Fell Back in Love with Ghee

The clarified butter had fallen out of favor with Indian chefs, thanks to a recent culinary trend for imported olive oil. But with new studies revealing ghee’s health benefits, the creamy staple is back on Indian menus. “It gives a lot of power to the...

9.8.15

Indians Are Outraged that Mumbai Is Banning Meat for Four Days

As any aspiring televangelist will tell you, strongly held beliefs may be well and good, but forcing those convictions on the uninitiated and unwilling masses is just that much sweeter.

8.25.15

Thousands of Jains in India Protest for the Right to Fast Until Death

The practice has been ruled illegal by Rajasthan's High Court, but adherents of the faith insist that their abstemious preparation for death is not an act of suicide.

3.27.14

Eating Is Bad for Your Soul

Jainism is a religion with some of the most extreme dietary restrictions in the world: no animals, dairy, root vegetables, honey, or booze. But the ritual of santhara—a vow of voluntary death by fasting—is one of the most controversial components of...

3.27.14

Eating Is Bad for Your Soul

Jainism is a religion with some of the most extreme dietary restrictions in the world: no animals, dairy, root vegetables, honey, or booze. But the ritual of santhara—a vow of voluntary death by fasting—is one of the most controversial components of...

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