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1 ANTH 209/SOC 269 Lecture Outline September 22, 2011 FOOD AND RELIGION I. What is religion? Religion is a component of culture that includes a system of beliefs that is expressed through rituals and symbols and that is concerned with the connections between material and “spiritual” worlds. III. Religion and Food: Religious rituals may involve the following food practices: a. dietary proscriptions or food taboos and dietary prescriptions b. fasting c. feasting I. What are the functions of these food-related religious practices? a. Reaffirm faith and belief b. Reinforce unity and social cohesion/solidarity – commitment to a moral and social order. c. Provide symbolic connection between spiritual and material worlds – between secular and sacred spaces. d. Provide practices to connect with history and tradition, with other times and spaces V. Some examples of food related Christian beliefs: a. The centrality of food in Christian rituals and symbols – Eucharist, fasting and feasting. b. Transubstantiation - more than just physical, but more about the symbolic
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