REVERENTIAL FEAR, DEVOTION OR CULTURE?
The gastronomy–religion relation stands out as an interesting and illustrative facet to understand the cultural differences and bio-psycho-social behaviors of nations, regions, localities and human groups.
When it comes to eating and drinking, the religious precepts can be grouped under two main conditionals: restrictions on the intake of certain food –generally meat– or drink, for life or a specific period (fasts); as well as the consumption related to celebrations or rituals.
Accepting such precepts shows the believers’ compliance. Those restrictions usually engulf the privation of the consumption pleasure and resulting identification with deities, by means of sacrifices. In numerous cases, meats are related to sexual contact.