Religion, food, and eating in North America by Zeller, Benjamin E

By Zeller, Benjamin E

The way non secular humans devour displays not just their figuring out of nutrition and non secular perform but additionally their notion of society and their position inside of it. This anthology considers theological foodways, id foodways, negotiated foodways, and activist foodways within the usa, Canada, and the Caribbean. unique essays discover the position of meals and consuming in defining theologies and belief Read more...

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Papers awarded over 4 years on the faith, foodstuff, and consuming Seminar on the American Academy of Religion. Read more...

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Religion, food, and eating in North America

The best way non secular humans consume displays not just their realizing of nutrition and spiritual perform but in addition their belief of society and their position inside of it. This anthology considers theological foodways, id foodways, negotiated foodways, and activist foodways within the usa, Canada, and the Caribbean.

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In fact, grouping and classifying these essays was one of the greatest challenges we faced as editors. To that end, we wish to point out several recurrent themes that readers may want to consider, all of which are present among the essays but not delineated by the categories we have constructed. These themes are foodlore, distinction, abundance, conversion, and politics. It has long been recognized that both material and performative culture have the ability to express the ethos of a community.

9 In part this collection furthers the theoretical work begun by Eating in Eden, especially in the areas of identity formation and boundary maintenance, but it widens the subject focus beyond utopian communities. Likewise, the works by Sack and Griffith have provided the intellectual launching-point for studies initiated by many of the authors in this volume. Certainly one of the goals with Religion, Food, and Eating in North America has been to pick up where all three of these earlier texts left off, not duplicating the ground they have covered but rather moving forward and expanding the analytical domain of food and religion.

The vegetarian Ephrata cloister and Dorrellites have already been discussed, but communities with similarly distinctive dietary identities that have persisted into the present day include the Hutterites and the Amish. The nonvegetarian food of these communities, especially the Amish, is well-known for its simplicity, as well as its production by sustainable and often nonmechanized agricultural methods. Such communities have, in their own diverse ways, continued the ancient Christian tradition of monasticism.

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