Embodied Spirituality: Food

The sharing of food and drink is one of the most ancient and basic rituals of hospitality. It is surrounded by symbolism and ceremony. [Read more…]

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Welcoming the stranger and the refugee

Homer’s Odyssey recounts the correct way to welcome a stranger who has been washed ashore: with food and drink, fresh clothing, and fragrant oil to clean the salt from the skin. [Read more…]

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A gift for a gift: a Pagan ethic of reciprocity

The exchange of gifts is a way of establishing relationship. In gift economies, gifts are given without any formal agreement as to when the favour will be returned; however, the ethic of reciprocity is so strong that the gift creates an obligation to return the gift or favour, and in this way, an ongoing relationship is created. [Read more…]

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