FOOD & DRINKS
Under Cultural Identity & Ideology - II
TMYS Review September 2022.
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THE DIGITAL CONVERSATIONS
(I) RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF FOOD CONSUMPTION
A socio-cultural perspective on religiosity and food choices.
Fasting, feasting and their impact on market availability patterns.
Religious compulsions, food taboos and health considerations in food preferences of local cultures.
Social identity formation through sharing of meals.
Religious faith and gender politics subsumed in the diets of women during marriage, pregnancy, breast-feeding, infancy, widowhood, etc.
Who is cooking? Prejudices based on the public-private divide.
(II). CULTURE, RITUAL AND HOME-MADE FOOD
The sociodemographic and psychological variables.
How homecooking has emerged as a sustainable business, creating identities during the pandemic.
A qualitative study of nutrition-education and behaviour: global outlook on India's ritualistic delicacies.
The food of mourning and the restrictions on consumption.
The customs, the ingredients and the resources of tribal food; also the lack of them.
Celebrations, cultural exchange, intercommunity marriages etc. resulting in mixed recipes and globally popular ritualistic innovations.
(III.) DRINKS IN CULTURE AND THE CULTURE OF DRINKS
Globalization of turmeric latte, kadha for immunity and suchlike for holistic health, dry-fruit drinks of Ramadan.
From Vedic period, Maurya to post-Gupta period and the Mughal Period, Tantric rituals and Dark Arts.
Wine for Christians. Bhang during Holi. Locally produced Tribal Drinks. Disparity in popular and religious narratives like Shiva’s endorsement of Intoxicants.
Sura and Soma in Hindu Texts. The prohibition in Islam. The social & gender bias regarding alcohol consumption.
The significance of Tibetan skull cups, Shiva's kamandalu, kalasha, silver and brass utensils considered auspicious.
Variations of the concept of the elixir: Ambrosia, Ichor, Nectar, Amrit, Soma, Haoma, Ojas, Tejas – from mythical alchemic potion to herbs, natural medicines. The drinks that were generically called “the drink of the Gods”.