Accepted paper:

Dietary habits within the limits of faith: instrumentalizing religion as a boundary marking phenomenon.

Authors:

Peter Oni (University of Lagos)
Moses Gbadebo (University of Lagos)

Paper short abstract:

Drawing from South Western Nigeria where Christian, Muslims and Traditional worshippers cohabite, religious food ways have inculcated habits within the society that question communality and sacrality. The social cohesion from the culinary vantage point has become a façade.

Paper long abstract:

DIETARY HABITS WITHIN THE LIMITS OF FAITH: INSTRUMENTALIZING RELIGION AS A BOUNDARY MARKING PHENOMENON. PETER ONI (Ph.D) Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos Email: onipeter@hotmail.com;pioni@unilag.edu.ng and Moses Gbadebo (Ph.D) Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos Email: mgbadebo@unilag.edu.ng Abstract Religion is the fulcrum in which every social activity is found. It entails not only worships, but also all segments of life including the choice of food consumed in most societies. Food represents a vital part of many religions. An individual's religion determines in most cases the food he eats. In Africa, food is the image of an ethno-religious group and a phenomenon of group identity. The cultural and religious pluralism that characterizes Africa display a rich behavioural culinary culture with different dietary laws and customs that design the pattern of life of believers. Drawing from South Western Nigeria where Christian, Muslims and Traditional worshippers cohabite, religious food ways have inculcated some habits within the society that question communality, sacrality and the African Weltanschauung. The social cohesion from the culinary vantage point has become a façade. In fact, Religious food cultures among different religions have brought social stratifications and a sense of separateness based on food prohibition and consumption. It is against this background that this paper interrogates through a hermeneutical deductive method the role of religion in dietary habits in line with African societal values of hospitality and brotherhood. Key Words: African Values, Dietary habits, Religion, Social stratification.

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