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  1. India is very diverse. Attitudes to meat-eating and consumption of animal products can be represented as a ladder leading down (or up , whichever is closer): Jains-total vegans, do not eat anything animal; Hindu-Vishnu varnas of brahmins and Vaishyas-vegetarians, eat dairy products; Shaivite Brahmins also eat seafood and fish; varnas of chhetri (kshatriyas) and Sudras-eat meat (poultry, goat, mutton); non-variegates (untouchables, Dalits) – eat any meat (including pork, buffalo, camel, dog meat), including rat meat, as well as meat from dead animals (dead meat, including meat from fallen cows). Sikhs (in addition to namdhari that vegetarians) eat any meat except beef and pork; Indian Buddhists eat any meat; the Zoroastrians Parsis also eat any meat except beef and pork; Indian Muslims eat Halal meat of any origin, except pork; Indian Christians (except for monks, who during the vows a vow of abstinence from eating meat) they eat all kinds of meat-pork, lamb, goat, buffalo, beef, chicken, turkey, duckling;

    In general, the north-western and central states of India are more vegetarian than the southern and north-eastern states. Also, in different states, the law treats cow killing differently – in states such as Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some others-killing a cow is considered a serious crime, for which the perpetrator can receive up to 8 years in prison; in most states, for killing a cow, fines of various sizes are threatened, depending on the specific state and case; In those states and territories where the majority of the population is non-Hindu (for example, in Muslim Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, in Christian Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, in Buddhist Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, as well as in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands), killing a cow is not punished in any way.�

    The rejection of meat by the Brahmin varna has its ideological justification in the Ayurvedic views on food as a source of certain spiritual energy for the human body, which can be in the mode of goodness (for example, milk, ghee, cottage cheese, rice, honey, sweet fruits – are in the mode of goodness and bring this goodness to the person who eats these products), in the mode of passion (legumes, most vegetables, spicy and spicy spices, etc.), as well as in the mode of ignorance (garlic, any alcoholic beverages, eggs, fish and seafood, any meat). Therefore, a person who eats food in the mode of ignorance becomes very polluted, which is unacceptable for the brahmans. It is for these reasons that so many people in India do not eat meat.

  2. Traditional cuisine there is really vegetarian, stuffed with spices yet, because a lot of all sorts of parasitic organisms. In a nutshell, the religious attitude cannot be described, because there is a melting pot of different religions and all sorts of mutations of these religions. There are several thousand only Hindu gods, hundreds of different directions, schools, and a large percentage of Muslims and Christians who live by their own rules. In general, they have a position based on the Vedas, Puranas, that eating meat is a karmically bad action that makes an accomplice to murder, and also greatly increases the energy in the body called “bile”, which increases all the passions in a person from sexual desire to anger. Of course, the real effect of meat is not proven. And Buddhists, for example, in India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand eat meat and they have no rule to be a vegetarian.

  3. I don't pretend to be a complete answer, so I apologize in advance. I lived there for six months last year and can say the following as a result of my observation. In India, meat is eaten, but there are also a lot of vegetarians. India is a country with many religions: traditional Hinduism, Buddhism, there are also Sikhs and Muslims. Within each religion, there are different ideas about whether to eat meat and, if so, what kind. But no religion contains an explicit ban.�

    They don't eat beef (although there are exceptions), but they do eat chicken everywhere.

    Further, a caste system is imposed on all this, but no caste is forbidden to eat meat. The largest number of meat refuseniks is among the brahmins (spiritual mentors, officials, and businessmen are now many there), but there are also enough meat eaters there. The kshatriyas were always cracking meat and also hunting. In general, in the theory of the question, brahmans are supposed to eat sweets, kshatriyas meat, and others-tops and roots, as they say. But this is in a romanticized theory.

    At the same time, India has many traditions of vegetarianism – depending on the region of the country, the prevailing religion and its local characteristics, caste, hereditary traditions and God knows what else. If you study all this, you can probably write a multi-volume book. Vegetarianism is based on the idea of nonviolence (kshatriyas are not close by profession :)) – if you eat meat in front of a vegetarian, then most likely you will not be considered an insult to his faith, this is not blasphemy. They'll just think you're doing something wrong, but that's up to you personally.

  4. India is a caste-based country. There are four main castes: Brahmans (officials), Kshatriyas (warriors), Vaishyas (merchants) and Sudras (peasants, workers, servants) . The rest – “untouchable” �in addition, there are �still � Muslims , they also �live �his �caste �individual. the upper “castes” do not “eat any meat at all , “pure” vegans . “It is connected with the sacred animal, the cow that gives milk. �Food �is used only � dairy products , with the death of the animal � body �it �buried �in the ground.

    But �have �Indians �smell �fried �meat �associated with �cremation �person. In India �the dead do not bury their �burn �on �Bank �rivers , seas � near the houses. �Smell �posted �around � city � or rural � populated � points. “But not all 'castes' give up meat completely . “Some “eat chicken and fish “. But not beef . “Markets” can sell ” bull meat “to foreigners. Bulls are not cows, because they do not give milk .� This is the logic.

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