Food is one of the great fosterers of togetherness. It brings a group of people together in an environment where each has an individual seat, but all share one table—a fitting metaphor for a world in which we are all unique, yet share a common humanity.
Many contemporary dietary practices are shaped not only by culture, but by religious belief. Across the world, people make the choice to eat or avoid certain foods based on the laws of these beliefs, leading to a vast collection of fascinating, culturally and theologically significant foods. Because of this, sharing food with those of cultures and beliefs dissimilar to our own can help us to learn more about others, grow closer to our global community, and become more sensitive to the differences between cultures.
In celebration of this culinary diversity, let’s take a look at 7 sacred dietary practices from all over the world.