Sacred Sweet Tooth

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History, Meaning, Symbolism, and Function of Candy/Sweets in Diverse Religious Traditions

Culinary Historian, Connie Kirker will present her recent research focusing on how the innate and universal human preference for sweets/candy manifests itself in varied and diverse religious practices and traditions, which, in turn, create and define group identity. Sweets function both symbolically and practically in the “culinary philosophies” of each of four major religions to be considered here: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. 

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