Tastes divine - saying grace

Tastes divine!

In practically all of the world’s religions, nourishing the body and nourishing the soul go hand in hand. The faithful show their adherence through acts involving food: by choosing to eat certain foods, by avoiding others and sometimes by fasting as a purification ritual to better communicate with the divine and show one’s belonging to a religious community. 

There are several examples of the ties between food and religion: the lean days (no meat, only fish) observed by Catholics, the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the Jewish restrictions on pork consumption. Eating, like the choice not to eat, fosters group cohesion and identity through religion.

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