Eat, my children, eat

Elisa Morera de la Vall

Abstract


Food has many functions and meanings. It is, indeed, necessary for our nourishment but since human beings are related to one another, food is a symbolic form of communication, too. It can also play other roles. It can be a ritual, it can transmit values, norms of conduct and beliefs, it can trigger nostalgic childhood memories or, by recreating lost worlds, have a healing effect.

Keywords


food; nourishment; communication; memories; ritual; cultural and healing roles

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1344/co20115176-181

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