Witches are often seen accompanied by animals, including black cats, known as "familiars." These animals may be associated with the witch's family or native land. A familiar is an animal with which the witch has a spiritual or psychic connection.
A familiar may be an animal that has appeared in one's life suddenly or one that has been a lifetime partner. A familiar may be found through meditation or in the course of everyday life. Not all witches have familiars. In some countries, it is believed that certain animal familiars may be inhabited by the spirit of elemental beings, such as faeries.Learn More
Hindu scriptures do not condone the consumption of meat. Though not all Hindus adhere strictly to the guidelines, Hindu scripture prescribes a lifestyle of nonviolence, which includes not harming animals for food.Full Answer >
Buddhism began in the 7th century B.C., when Buddha Shakyamuni began teaching the path to enlightenment after he himself was enlightened under a Bodhi tree while living in the forest after renouncing his role as prince. Buddha began spreading the four noble truths. These truths were the first spokes in the first turn of the wheel of Dharma.Full Answer >
Hinduism is one-of-a-kind among world religions because it has no set place of origin according to Patheos. Philosophers and religious gurus who follow Hinduism understand the religion to have always existed within its own tradition.Full Answer >
Many Hindus do not eat meat because it is considered tamasic, meaning influenced by ignorance. Some Hindu scriptures do not sanction meat, poultry, fish or eggs, although this is open to interpretation, as other scriptures refer to meals involving meat.Full Answer >