Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 56, Issue 3, pp 807–816 | Cite as

The Suicide Paradigm: Insights from Ancient Hindu Scriptures

  • Govindasamy Agoramoorthy
  • Minna J. HsuEmail author
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The world religions in general promote peace and happiness. They strongly discourage all sorts of violence in society including suicide. Religious commitments toward life-saving value are known to prevent suicide attempts since all world religions promote unity, reducing interpersonal hostilities. Therefore, understanding the basics on what religious scriptures narrate on life and death including suicide is essential. This paper highlights the seldom discussed topic on the concept and consequences of suicide portrayed in the ancient Hindu religious scriptures.


Suicide Death Culture Tradition Hinduism Religion Society India 



This research was supported by the National Science Council of Taiwan (ROC) through a grant (MOST103-2632-E-127-001). Tajen University’s Research Center for Happiness Science and Technology extended additional support for this research.

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The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

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This paper did not involve the participation of humans or animals.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Pharmacy and Health CareTajen UniversityYanpuTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesNational Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan

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