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Gentle Votaress of the Gentle Jain Religion

GENTLE VOTARESS OF THE GENTLE JAIN RELIGION

Speaking generally, the Jains are a rich community engaged in banking and wholesale commerce. They practise a strict morality, and so scrupulously regard the vital principle that, not content with being vegetarians, they strain all the water they drink through a cloth to avoid destruction of insects it might contain and sweep the ground before sitting down lest they should crush some immortal soul