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Eating as Basic Need and Social Activity

1. Eating and drinking ‘keep body and soul together,’ we say. The adage points to altogether distinct dimensions of the taking of nourishment. On the one hand, eating satisfies, and thus serves to maintain the human being biologically. But the expression also refers to dimensions of eating by which the human being is distinguished…

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Schmoll, Friedemann, “Eating/Nourishment”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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