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Title: Table fellowship : a religious experience? Some reflections on the Maltese context
Other Titles: Religious experience : north and south
Authors: Scerri, Hector
Keywords: Food -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Food -- Social aspects
Malta -- Religious life and customs
Imnarja (Festival)
San Girgor (Festival)
Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul -- Malta
Feast of St. Gregory -- Malta
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Peter Lang
Citation: Religious experience : north and south / edited by René Gothóni. New York : Peter Lang, 2012. p. 25-49. 9783034308533
Abstract: The article focuses on the contribution of anthropology to table fellowship. In the first part of the paper, one encounters a wide spectrum of information from research by cultural anthropologists on the bonding experience involved in food gathering, the cooking process and the sharing of food round a common table. The paper highlights spiritual sharing which is a constitutive dimension of authentic table fellowship, and the value of being graced and enriched by guests present at table. The second part of the article treats a number of specific meal traditions particular to the island of Malta - the family meal on the occasion of the village religious festa; the outdoor meals associated with folk festivals held on the feast of St Peter and St Paul (28-29 June), and that associated with St Gregory (on the Wednesday following Easter). The symbolic meaning of these meals is underlined, as is the feeling of togetherness of the group which has assembled to celebrate.
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