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    I have heard that there are no vegetarian cultures thriving but...

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    Everyone brings up India, the Jaines etc. Is it true that no culture can thrive as vegetarians?
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    Considering their physiques and general state of health, I'd hardly call Indian vegetarianism "thriving"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaohinon View Post
    Considering their physiques and general state of health, I'd hardly call Indian vegetarianism "thriving"...
    Exactly my thoughts.

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    I know of no long term reproducing communities that are 100% vegetarian. Most vegetarian communities that reproduce allow dairy and /or egg consumption. Some even occasional meat. Many monk communities I have read eat vegetarian to keep the boys from getting too frisky...probably with each other.
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    Jains are lacto-vegetarians. They also don't eat that way for longevity or health but to end their term in the cycle of reincarnation.
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    Of course cultures could thrive as vegetarian. Vegan would be more tricky.

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    Considering their physiques and general state of health

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    So that would be a no then? good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
    Of course cultures could thrive as vegetarian. Vegan would be more tricky.
    Do you have evidence of a long term completely vegetarian culture? By long term I mean a community which reproduces healthy children over many generations. Not a 20/21st century concept. (no animal products)
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    and yes, calories DO count my little piggies

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    There are long-term surviving lacto-vegetarian cultures but no long-term thriving vegan cultures. Jains and many Hindus are lacto-vegetarian (some castes eat meat). Eggs are generally considered meat in India though.

    People sometimes get confused by the Indian term "pure vegetarian" and think it means vegan, but it actually means eating only sattvic foods, which includes milk and milk products as well as honey and so is not vegan.
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