Food and drink in Egypt and Sudan : selected studies in archaeology, culture, and history / Mennat-Allah El Dorry (ed.).

  • Cairo : Institut français d'archéologie orientale ; Warsaw : Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw, 2023.
  • ©2023
xv, 307 pages : illustrations (some color), maps, plans ; 29 cm.


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"The study of historic foodways is as multifaceted and varied as food itself. The changes we see in food habits and choices over history reveal evolving social and political climates and help us envision our ancestors' everyday lives and imagined afterlives. Food certainly played a role in funerary rites; it was offered to the dead, of course, but also shared at the grave among the living family members, symbolically bridging between this world and the next. Choosing the food was embedded in a series of traditions and norms; how it relates to what was actually eaten in associated settlements enables an understanding of its meaning. Feasts, whether for the dead or the living, were laden with political and social meaning. Fasting, although requiring abstention from certain foods, also involves the management--from sourcing and storing to cooking and eating--of the permitted foods, a key concern in contexts such as monasteries where fasting occurred. This collective work demonstrates the diversity of possible approaches to food. It presents the current state of research on the foodways of Egypt and Sudan and highlights the importance of further interdisciplinary collaboration for a "big picture" approach. It brings together 16 articles covering archaeology (in the broadest sense), theory, anthropology, language, ethnography, and architecture to illustrate food traditions and history in Egypt and Sudan from as early as the 4th millennium BC to the 20th century"--Page 4 of cover.
Text in English. Summaries of contributions in English. Summaries in French and English on the page 4 of cover.
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