Food and religion

Tourism perspectives

Authored by: Silvia Aulet , Carlos Fernandes , Dallen J. Timothy

The Routledge Handbook of Religious and Spiritual Tourism

Print publication date:  July  2021
Online publication date:  July  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367191955
eBook ISBN: 9780429201011
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Eating is essential to sustain life, but beyond satisfying physiological needs, food has close connections to other aspects of life. People’s alimentary behaviours are influenced by many sociocultural and economic factors, including religion and nationality. Although it can be a source of tension within a community, food is a social connector; it helps create pleasant experiences, underscores social well-being, and is fodder for familial traditions and memory- making (Carolan 2012; Contreras & Gracia 2005; Gofton 1989; Poulain 2017; Ward, Coveney & Henderson 2010).

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