This book gathers in one place a lengthy 1961 journal article on vegetarianism, a review of it by Heesterman, two articles on the same topic by Hanns-Peter Schmidt (the first published in 1968 and the second in 1997), and a 1933 article by H. R. Kapadia defending the enduring observance of vegetarianism in the Jaina faith. Bollée introduces the project with a terse description of the materials.

The tone of the original piece by Alsdorf, despite an occasional softening footnote by the editor, is somewhat unsettling. He states, referring to the food shortages of the 1950s, that ‘This chronic crisis of nutrition could probably alone be solved if the cattle population were halved. It is the sacredness of the cattle which presents one of the toughest problems to...

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