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commensality

the act of eating together (literally ‘sharing the same table’); the social sharing of FOOD providing symbolic and social, as well as biological, sustenance. Both domestic and status relations are usually reflected in patterns of commensality, e.g. see CASTE. In more general terms, in a sense suggested by LÉVI-STRAUSS, ‘food is both good to eat and think’.
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According to the hagiographer, however, the problem of commensality with members of low castes can be solved by their conversion to bhakti.
Such anxieties regarding the downfall of Camelot's civilization (premonished in the poem from its very beginnings) come to center repeatedly on the great hall, a structure that derives symbolic power from its associations with civilized feasting, commensality, and hospitality.
By identifying with those whose stomachs are heated and with soldiers--perhaps, as Fitter suggests, soldiers in the audience who had gone unpaid for their service to the Queen--Cade again broadens the commensality of hunger beyond his own criminally-induced starvation.
Among their perspectives are an overview of the social meaning of ritual food and drink consumption, feasting and social dynamics in the Epipaleolithic of the Fertile Crescent, feasting in late Neolithic Britain, the social and symbolic context of commensality rituals in the Bell Beakers of the interior of Iberia 2500-2000 cal BC, staple foods and ritual practices in the Phoenician diaspora, and consumption relations in the northern Iberian household.
Yet historians of North America have by and large left unexplored the role and meaning of commensality, of eating and drinking together.
According to Crossan, the term "Kingdom of God" was the "process of open commensality of a non-discriminating table in miniature of a non-discriminating society" (p.
13) Ian Archer writes similarly of the new oligarchic values being imposed in London: "the expression of the social bond [as] a much more hierarchically articulated one than the older practices of commensality among neighbors," the emergent model emphasizing "the extraction of deference in return for patronage, in particular through the exercise of poor relief.
Commensality is "the state or act of eating together, one of the fundamental acts of social solidarity.
I want to give you two examples of this commensality before going on.
She argues for the historicity of Jesus' radically inclusive table fellowship, contrasting it with the practices of the Pharisees and Essenes, and for continuity between the communal meals in Acts and Jesus' open commensality.
Two decades of self-examination have explored the nature of fieldwork as an increasingly participatory, self-reflexive and dialogic process built on personal relationships and commensality.
But the treat does not only consist in commensality and consumption, for meat and bread are also handed over to the guests for them to take home.