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Jainism
Swastika

Location:

At the entrance of the harbor of the Mediterranean island of Rhodes in Greece.

Description:

In AD 654, the Arabs invaded Rhodes. They disassembled the remains of the broken Colossus and sold them to a Jew from Syria. It is said that the fragments had to be transported to Syria on the backs of 900 camels

Jainism also originated in India around the same time as Buddhism. Unlike the latter it never spread so there are no Jain countries outside India.

The Jains believe in twenty teachers (or Tirthankars) whos teachings are followed closely. They have a complete aversion to the taking of life. So much so that they will not eat anything that has to be killed. Jain priests often wear face masks to avoid accidentally swallowing insects and killing them.

Jain temples are amongst the most beautifully carved (usually marble) in the whole world. Their holy sites are scattered around India but Palitana in Gujerat State has 838 temples draped on a mountain.

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