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Heather Fackelman 17 February 2009 Honors Ways of Knowing Montclair State University The Mythic Ritual of Food Consumption Eating and drinking are essential to human life. Therefore, it only makes sense that they would also be essential parts of major religions of the world. Although most people see little or no connection between Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism, there are several things these faiths have in common. The quote, “We are [of] those with whom we [ritually] eat,” ties them together in a very fundamental way. Followers of these faiths all share in rituals that focus on or involve eating and drinking together or abstaining for eating or drinking certain things; these faiths each emphasize symbolic meaning in what their followers consume. Belief in and adherence to these mythic rituals are invaluable to their respective religions, because through them, followers continue to build and reinforce a sense of identity and security within their given faiths; they support the idea of community or family with other members of the same faith. The Catholic Eucharist centers on the intake of bread and wine, which transubstantiate into the blood and body of Christ. This ritual “re-presents” the original
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PHIL 320 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Montclair.

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