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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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This is why they are so troublesome--you are supposed to eat with them, but the spirit within them, because of its greed, threatens this commensality.
In sum, the evidence shows how the piper can symbolize commensality and the symposium as a performer of the indispensable aulos.
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.
The outcome of this struggle will thus result, in one way or the other, in a form of reductionism; the intangibles of commensality, cooking practices, and the sense of fellowship embedded in such daily practices but then cast into opposition to the local bureaucracy is precisely what cannot be described.
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.
De Lame, D (2004), "Mighty Secrets, Public Commensality, and the Crisis of Transparency: Rwanda through the Looking Glass", Canadian Journal of African Studies, Vol 38, No 2, pp 279-317.
The whole point of caste is precisely to enforce the complete separation of groups through the suppression of bridging relations such as marriage and commensality.
Amanda Wise, 'Moving Food: Gustatory Commensality and Disjuncture in Everyday Multiculturalism', New Formations, 74.
The presence of these elements and patterns seem to indicate some kind of commensality ritual in the funerary world of the Southwest Bronze, with analogies to the Argaric world (Aranda and Esquivel, 2006).
Wise, A 2011, 'Moving Food: Gustatory Commensality and Disjuncture in Everyday Multiculturalism', New Formations, vol.
i) fixed territory, (ii) lack of occupational specialization, (iii) lack of social ranking with reference to a large community, and (iv) absence of commensality rules.