Food’s Role in Religion
Why is it that food and eating play such a prominent role in so many religions? From Catholic sacraments to Jewish feasts, the food we put into our mouths is a big deal.
It may be because without food, we cannot live. Food is something that everyone on this planet needs, so it makes sense that at some point or other, religion would seep into the universal practice of eating things.
Muslims are currently celebrating Ramadan, which includes abstaining from food as a sign of spiritual sacrifice. Even when Ramadan isn’t in effect, Muslims still refrain from certain types of food.
Jewish people have very strict food codes, and over time many food producers and manufacturers have catered to the Kosher customs of the Jewish faith.
Food also plays a part in the Hindu religion. They are restricted from eating beef, as cows are considered sacred in that religion.
Many Christian denominations also have certain food rules and rituals. Mormons are counseled to eat a diet of wholesome grains and only small amounts of meat.
The Christian tradition taken from the Bible talks about our bodies being temples. Many believe that this means it is important what types of food we should allow to enter our bodies.
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When it comes to what types of food to eat, this is one area where science and religion seem to agree. The general consensus from both worlds is that our bodies need food—good food—to survive and thrive. Filling our bodies with junk does nothing to sustain our physical frame or the spirit/soul within.