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Themes of Commensality in Indo-European Lore: Greek ξένος and Proto-Germanic *etuna-
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, History of Religions.
2014 (English)In: Munus amicitiae: Norbert Oettinger a collegis et amicis dicatum / [ed] H. Craig Melchert, Elisabeth Rieken, Thomas Steer, Beech Stave Press, 2014, 92-100 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The means of sharing and preparing food are crucial to the conception of human culture as a whole. What we eat, how we eat, and with whom we can consider sharing our meals are standards by which we identify ourselves as members of a particular community, and others as members of another. Rules of social eating may thus display the in-group propensity to accept (or reject) someone else as a member of the community in spite of certain culturally postulated notions of ethnic, biological, or ontological difference. The arbitrariness of these rules is suggested by their apparent maladjustment to the outsider’s natural desire for food. Whereas gods and ancestors are invited to sustain their temporary existence within the community through the redundant consumption of smoke and entrails, beasts and monsters are excluded from the community despite their appetite. I intend to show in the following pages how these assumptions can be corroborated by a few etymological considerations and textual comparisons.  

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Beech Stave Press, 2014. 92-100 p.
Keyword [en]
Hospitality, Indo-European society
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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History of Religion; Classical Languages; Jämförande indoeuropeisk språkforskning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112771ISBN: 978-0-9895142-1-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-112771DiVA: diva2:780653
Available from: 2015-01-14 Created: 2015-01-14 Last updated: 2017-05-23Bibliographically approved

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