Sacred food and drink is part of the lived reality of contemporary religions. The unit commences with the introduction of the concept of sacred food restriction, feasts and fasting. The unit then explores "sacred feasts" including the Christian Communion service of bread and wine; banquets served at Chinese New Year (noodles for longevity, dumplings for wealth); "cakes and ale" consumed after modern Pagan rituals; the solemn and joyous Jewish Passover Seder; and sweets eaten at the Hindu Ganesh Chaturthi.
5 x 1 hour online lectures 4 x 1 hour tutorials 2 hours of workshopping the Case Study assignment
10x Quizzes (25%) 3x Field Report (30%) 1x Case Study (45%)