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Eating and Drinking,
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[German Version]

in the comparative study of religion. Nourishment is both a symbol-laden reality and a biological necessity. Every human society chooses from among the available foods by making a traditional distinction between those that are fit for consumption and those that are not. Culinary habits and table manners have cultural implications that go far beyond anything that a purely utilitarian approach (biological or economical) would include. A system of dietary laws and taboos can be found in some way or other in every culture. It is restrictive in character …

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Borgeaud, Philippe, “Eating and Drinking,”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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