Food and World Religion
Why do Muslims and Jews abstain from eating pork? What do various foods symbolize in world religions? What is the role of fasting in spirituality? Explore the fascinating relationship with food, eating, and food prohibitions in several major world religions. Approximately half the material is drawn from Asian religious traditions (mainly Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism). The rest comes from the three Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Course readings include a range of religious texts, ethnographies, legal texts, histories, films, and ritual studies.
You'll Walk Away with
- Traditions regarding food in several major world religions
- A better understanding of the role of fasting and the symbolism of various foods in spirituality and religion
- The curious and creative
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in-between