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Ravan was half-brahmin and half-demon.His father,the great rishi Vishrava belonged to the Pulastya clan and mother Kaikasi originated from the asura clan.Since he was a brahmin and was the greatest devotee of Mahadev,it might be true that he was a vegetarian. However it might also be possible that he was a meat eater,due to the fact that he possessed demon genes.

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Ravana was not a vegetarian.

As per UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayana, this is what Ravana did in king Marutta's Maheshvara yajna:

Ravana in king Marut's yajna

And then devouring the Maharshis that were present at the place of sacrifice, Ravana, satiated with their blood, again went to the earth. (English translation source)


The complete story of king Marutta's Maheshvara yajna is given here.

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Ravana was not a vegetarian according to his own words to Sita

Ravana listening to Seetha's words which were harsh thereafter replied to Seetha unpleasant words which are seen to be pleasant. "In whatever way gentle language is used to women in that way they will be under control. In whatever way men speak dear words, in that way they will be rejected.......... .................................................................................................................................................................. ..................................................................................................................................................................

Above two months you not desiring me as husband will be killed in my kitchen for my breakfast".

[1-9, Chapter [Sarga] 22, Book V : Sundara Kanda - Book Of Beauty]

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Contrary to popular belief, Ravana was not a brAhmana, but a kshatriya.

1) Sri Hanuman attacks demons in Sundara Kanda. After the death of Akshaya, another son of Ravana in the hands of Sri Hanuman, Ravana orders Indrajit to proceed to the battle field.

न खल्वियम् मतिः श्रेष्ठा यत्त्वाम् सम्प्रेषयाम्यहम् | इयम् च राजधर्माणाम् क्षत्रियस्य मतिर्मता || ५-४८-१३

"This thought of my sending you is not indeed the best option. But, this decision is said to be according to the duties of a king and is the commendation of a warrior-class."

Here, Ravana himself declares that he was a Kshatriya.

2) While searching for Sita, Sri Hanuman enters Ravana's palace, where he sees non-vegetarian dishes, which were partly consumed.

मृगाणाम् महिषाणाम् च वराहाणाम् च भागशः || ५-११-११ तत्र न्यस्तानि मांसानि पान भूमौ ददर्श सः |

Hanuma saw there in that bar, meat of dear and of buffalo, of wild boar kept separately.

रौक्मेषु च विशलेषु भाजनेष्व् अर्ध भक्षितान् || ५-११-१२ ददर्श कपि शार्दूल मयूरान् कुक्कुटामः तथा |

The best among Vanaras saw half eaten peacocks and chicken in wide vessels of golden colour.

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