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Fast Facts on Jainism

Jain statistics, history, beliefs and practices at a glance.

Names

Jainism; Jaina; Jain; Jainist; jaïnisme; Jainismo

Adherents

4 million

History

Founded by Mahavira, c. 550 BCE, eastern India

Beliefs

The universe is eternal; many gods exist. Gods, humans and all living things are classified in a complex hierarchy.

Practices

Monasticism under the Five Great Vows (Non-Violence, Truth, Celibacy, Non-Stealing, Non-Possessiveness); worship at temples and at home. Meditation and mantras.

Texts

The teachings of Mahavira in various collections.

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Title Fast Facts on Jainism
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UpdatedNovember 20, 2016
MLA Citation“Fast Facts on Jainism.” ReligionFacts.com. 20 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 5 Dec. 2016. <www.religionfacts.com/jainism/facts>

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