chapter  5
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BOUNDARIES OF PURITY AND POLLUTION: THE DINING SPACE

Food is not only an isolated object of biological necessity, but it is an object of communication. Food has been a symbolic repository of shared values and a solemn bonding ritual that reaches back 2 million years.2 The act of eating together expresses the quality of social relationships, and the day to day pat­ tern of social interactions and alliances.3