Feeding, Sharing and Devouring: Ritual and Society in by Peter Berger, Jennifer R. Ottman

By Peter Berger, Jennifer R. Ottman

Few thorough ethnographic experiences on vital Indian tribal groups exist and the frilly dialogue at the cultural meanings of Indian meals structures ignores those societies altogether. meals epitomizes the social for the Gadaba of Orissa. In investigating the advanced paths of formality practices this examine goals to appreciate the interrelated fields of cosmology, social order and financial system of an Indian highland group.

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Most houses distill or “cook” (randbar) their own liquor (mod, ili*) from rice, but also from a variety of other fruits (jackfruits, cashew apples). Beer (pendom) is made from millet and rice and, like liquor, produced at home by women.

Food in India As the extensive literature²⁵ proves, the significance of food is evident throughout the subcontinent and has probably never escaped any observer’s notice. The elaborate development of the oppositions to which food orders are subject, summarizable in the opposition between the curse of food and the blessing of food,  The processes by which a person is constituted through food will be discussed in detail in chapter 3 of this study, and I will address the significance of food for the generation of social ties or “kinship” in the conclusion of chapter 2.

Two authors who rely explicitly on this theoretical background are Ravindra S. Khare (1976a, 1976b) and Gabriella Eichinger Ferro-Luzzi (1977, 1978). I will first briefly discuss some of the basic ideas of an article by Eichinger Ferro-Luzzi and then turn to the strategic use of the communicative aspects of food as stressed by Arjun Appadurai (1981). Food offerings (naivedya) to the gods, according to Eichinger Ferro-Luzzi (1977, 507), are to be understood as acts of communication and function like linguistic elements, that is, through opposition, combination, and redundancy.

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