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EASTERN RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ABOUT HELL

Buddhists believe in 7 "hot hells" which await the evildoers - each flanked by 4 torture chambers that include a fiery pit and a quagmire.

Tibetan Buddhists also speak of eight cold hells and certain "Frontier" hells for those guilty of lesser sins.

Hindus believe in 21 hells – which are temporary abodes where their bad karma (the evil one commits during a lifetime) is burned away.

Jainism (an offshoot of Hinduism) believes in 8.4 million hells where humans are punished for their sins. Those guilty of unpardonable sins are kept in a bottomless abyss forever.

(U.S. News & World Report 3/25/91 p. 64. From a sermon by Jeff Strite, Heaven and Hell - For Real 10/3/2011)

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