Vegetarianism and religion

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Vegetarianism is strongly linked with a number of religions that originated in ancient India (Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism). In Jainism, vegetarianism is mandatory for everyone; in Hinduism and Mahayana Buddhism, it is advocated by some influential scriptures and religious authorities. Comparatively, in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Sikhism, and the Bahá'í Faith, vegetarianism is not promoted by mainstream authorities, although in all these faiths there are small groups actively promoting vegetarianism on religious grounds.

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