Prakrits are languages which were once spoken across India and were the vernaculars of the ancient Indians. Many of the languages have now become extinct. Even the ancient India was a multicultural one, with the vernaculars being spoken across the subcontinent and beyond. For example, some of the ancient Tamil poets, such as the Goddess Kamban, were Jains.
Language was a religion also. The ancient Indians were polytheists; they believed in many of the same gods as the neighboring Indian groups, but there were also many thousand to name. They also worshipped their own gods.
For example, in the Vaisnava Sampradaya, they worship Krishna and Srividya (Yellamma in Tamil and Yellamma in Telugu), in the Saivism, they worship Lord Shiva, in the Arya Samaj, they worship Lord Rama, in the Brahmanism, they worship Lord Brahma, in the Saiva Siddhanta, they worship Vishnu, etc - in fact, for each religion, it is possible to have one's personal holy book and the religious practices which are performed.
The Jain religion is similar in this respect. One could believe in none, one could believe in any. There is no compulsion in believing in one, so this makes it possible for everyone to practice Jainism. In fact, Jains are the only major religion in the world who have no compulsion to believe in any one god. d2c66b5586