The sacrifice of the first of the harvest to the Gods. The laying out of milk, honey and bread for the faeries. The mute supper laid out to honor the dead on Samhain. The partaking of Cakes and Ale in circle to ground us after ritual.
These are just a few of the rituals that we as Pagans may celebrate with food. Throughout the centuries our ancestors celebrated many more. So what is it about food that allows it to serve such an important role in so much?
Well my theory is that when we do anything with intent it becomes charged with energy. And food is one of the few items with the huge potential to store energy. Food by itself holds much energy, that is how we can live off of food. So if you ritually prepare food as an offering to the Gods or to any spirits then it becomes a hyper charged vessel of energy.
And to prepare our own food is to become more in tune with the energies of the Earth around us. I also think that, as a modern culture, with all of our processed foods, we have forgotten the wonders of wholesome food. They have stripped our food of all that was good for us and added sugars and preservatives. This is convenient for us, so we don't complain. Yet this disconnect has also served as another way we have been divorced from nature.
So the next time you cook your food or sit down to eat spend time to savor each bite and morsel. There is a Zen saying, "When walking, walk; when eating, eat". So eat with intent and in thankfullness for the bounty we have received.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Food as Ritual