Recently, a thirteen year old girl in India died after fasting for 68 days. She was a devout follower of Jainism, a religion that celebrates radical self control and restriction.
Jainism is an ancient religion concentrated in India. Followers of Jainism don't worship one all-knowing creator god, like Christianity and Islam. They believe the universe is made up of jiva, meaning souls or consciousness, and ajiva, meaning time, space, physical matter and everything else without a soul. Watch the video above to learn more about this fascinating religion.
BBC: Jainism at a Glance
The New York Times: India Police Pressed to Act in Girl's Death After Fast
Pew Research Center: The Global Religious Landscape