RELG 019. First-Year Seminar: Religion and Food

Why do some people eat the body of their god? What is soul food? Is the pig an abomination? Is there such a thing as "devil's food" and "angel's food"? Which is more spiritual, to feast or to fast? All of these questions are tied together by a common theme: They point to the relationship between food, eating, and the religious experiences of human beings. This seminar will introduce students to the study of religion, using food as an entry point. We will investigate the significance of food across a variety of traditions and explore such issues as diet, sacrifice, healing, the body, ethics, and religious doctrines concerning food. Topics will include religious fasting, vegetarianism, eating rituals, food controversies, purity and pollution, theophagy and cannibalism as sacred practice.
1 credit.
Fall 2018. Chireau.
Fall 2019. Chireau.
Catalog chapter: Religion  
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