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Diets and Deities: a Bibliography of Food in South Asia


Compiled by Robert Menzies

Achaya, K.T. Indian Food: A Historical Companion. Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998, 53-72.

Beckerlegge,  Gwilym. “Swami Vivekananda and Seva: Taking 'Social Service' Seriously.” In Swami Vivekananda and the Modernization of Hinduism, ed. William Radice. 158-193.  Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998. 

Bellamy, Carla. “Smoking is Good for You: Absence, Presence, and the Cross-Tradition Appeal of North Indian Muslim Charismatic Healing Centers.” International Journal of Hindu Studies, 2006. 

Caplan, Pat.  Feasts, Fasts, Famine: Food for Thought.  Oxford and Providence: Berg, 1994.

Doniger, Wendy, with Brian K. Smith, trans. The Laws of Manu. London and New York: Penguin, 1990, xv-xviii, xxii-xl, 93-95, 99-105.

Egge, “Physical Boundaries and Bodily Control in Theravadin Accounts of the Buddha’s Awakening and Final Nirvana” unpublished manuscript

Erndl, Kathleen. Victory to the Mother: The Hindu Goddess of Northwest India in Myth, Ritual, and Symbol.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993, 141-152. 

Foltz, Richard. Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Cultures. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2006, 105-127. 

Francis, H.T. “Mahasutasoma Jataka.” In The Jataka: Stories of the Buddha’s Former Births, vol. V, Edited by E.B. Cowell. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1990, 246-79.

Fuller, C.J.  The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism in Practice. 2nd ed., Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002, 57-105. 

Germano, David.  “Food, Clothes, Dreams and Karmic Propensities.”  In Religions of Tibet in Practice, ed. Donald S. Lopez, Jr., 293-312.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997. 

Ghadially, Rehana. “A Harari (Meal Tray) for ‘Abbas Alam Dar: Women’s Household Ritual in a South Asian Muslim Sect.”  The Muslim World 93 (April, 2003), 309-321.

Gold,  Ann Grodzins. “Grains of Truth: Shifting Hierarchies of Food and Grace in Three Rajasthani Tales.” History of Religions (1998): 150-71. 

Granoff, Phyllis.  “Divine Delicacies: Monks, Images, and Miracles in the Contest Between Jainism and Buddhism.”  In Images, Miracles and Authority in Asian Religious Traditions, ed. Richard H. Davis, 55-95.  Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998. 

Harvey, Peter.  Introduction to Buddhist Ethics: Foundations, Values and Issues.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 150-186.  

Hoffman, Valerie J.  “Eating and Fasting for God in Sufi Tradition.”  Journal of the American Academy of Religion 63, no.3 (Fall 1995): 465-484. 

Izutsu, Toshihiko. Ethico-Religious concepts in the Qur’an. Montreal: McGill University Press, 1966, 233-241.

Jackson, Roger.  “A Fasting Ritual.”  In Religions of Tibet in Practice, ed. Donald S. Lopez, Jr., 271-292.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997. 

Khare, R.S.  The Hindu Hearth and Home.  Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1976, 23-43, 102-121.

Laidlaw, James. 1-3, 153-72, 216-29, and 289-301 in Riches and Renunciation: Religion, Economy, and Society among the Jains. New York: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Press, 1995.

Lehrer, Adreinne.  “Cooking Vocabularies in the Culinary Triangle of Lévi-Strauss.”  Anthropological Linguistics 14, no.5 (May1972): 155-171. 

Lehrer, Adreinne.  “Semantic Cuisine.”  Journal of Linguistics 5 (1969): 39-55. 

Lévi-Strauss, Claude.  The Raw and the Cooked. translated by John and Doreen Weightman.  New York: Harper and Row, 1969, 14-32, 140-143, 335-338. 

Levi-Strauss, Claude. “The Culinary Triangle.” In Food and Culture: A Reader, edited by Carole Counihan and Penny Van Esterik, 28-35. New York: Routledge, 1997. 

McLeod, W.H. Textual Sources for the Study of Sikhism. Manchester, U.K.: Manchester University Press, 1984, 71-85, 116-117

Menzies, Robert. “Fast/Food: Consumption and Transgression in Vrat Katha.”  Under review for The International Journal of Hindu Studies.

Murphy, Christopher P.H. “Piety and Honor: The Meaning of Muslim Feasts in Old Delhi.” In Food, Society and, Culture, ed. R.S. Khare and M.S.A Rao, 85-119.  Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1986. 

Raj, Selva J. “Asanam Meal: A Ritual Leveling of Differences in South Indian Christianity.”  Journal of Hindu Christian Studies 17 (2004), 33-44.  

Ruegg, David Seyfort.  “Ahimsa and Vegetarianism in the History of Buddhism.”  In Buddhist Studies in Honour of Walpola Rahula, ed. Somaratna Balasooriya et al., 234-241.  London: Gordon Fraser, 1980. 

Shanta, N. The Unknown Pilgrims. The Voice of the Sadhvis: The History, Spirituality and Life of the Jaina Women Ascetics. Translated by Mary Rogers and with a Presentation by Raimon Panikkar. Delhi: Sri Satguru Publications, 1997, 496-509, 597-600, 609-16.

Shulman, David Dean. The Hungry God: Hindu Tales of Filicide and Devotion,18-47. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

Strong, John S. “Transforming Gift: An Analysis of Devotional Acts of Offering in Buddhist Avadana Literature.” History of Religions 18, (1979), 221-237. 

Swarup, Ram. Understanding the Hadith: The sacred Traditions of Islam. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2002, 135-144. 

Ulrich, Katherine.  “Food Fights: Buddhist, Shaiva, and Jain Dietary Polemics in South India.” History of Religions (Feb, 2007).

Von Grunebaum, G.E.  Muhammadan Festivals. New York: Henry Schuman, 1951, 51-65. 

Von Grunebaum, G.E.  Muhammadan Festivals. New York: Henry Schuman, 1951, 51-65. 

Werbner, Pnina. “Langar: Pilgrimage, sacred exchange and perpetual sacrifice in a Sufi saint’s lodge.” In Embodying Charisma: Modernity, locality and the performance of emotion in Sufi cults, ed., Pnina Werbner and Helene Basu. 95-116.  London: Routledge, 1998. 

Wilson, Elizabeth L. “Beggars Can Be Choosers: Mahakassapa as a Selective Eater of Offerings,” in Constituting Theravada Communities. ed. John Clifford Holt, Jacob N. Kinnard and Jonathan S. Walters. Albany, NY, State University of New York Press, 2003, 57-70. 

Wilson, Elizabeth L. “Pass the Tofu, Please:  Asian Foods for Aging Baby Boomers,” in Culinary Tourism. ed. Lucy M. Long.  Lexington, Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 2004, 245-267.

Yalman, Nur.  “The Meaning of Food Offerings in (Buddhist) Ceylon.” In Forms of Symbolic Action: Proceedings of the 1969 Annual Meeting of the American Ethnological Society, ed. R.F. Spencer, 81-96.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1969.


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