Holy Foods

Undoubtedly food is a necessary condition of life. If one is deprived of nutrition for long enough, one dies. Anything that is a necessary condition of life is also a necessary condition for any human activity. Any sort of religious activity therefore has the acquisition of food as an ongoing requirement. Thus, the conclusion is inescapable that the acquisition of adequate nutrition is a requirement of any religious activity. But then the same thing could be said about air. If you can’t breathe then you can’t pray, at least not for very long. Throughout history, food has been symbolically significant for every major religion. Some foods are religiously approved and others are prohibited. In Judaism and Islam, pork is prohibited, just as beef is in Hinduism. Mormons are not supposed to imbibe caffeinated drinks. Every religion of which this writer is aware has foods that are either prized or prohibited.

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