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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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Eating Karma 1

Eating Karma 1

(p.70) Eating Karma1
On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

Oxford University Press

Among the Hindus, what you eat is less important than from whom you eat, the people from whom you take food—or, most important of all, the people from whom you do not take food. The Laws of Manu tackles the subject of food taboos, always emphasizing the foods that should not be eaten. The belief that you will be who you eat is inspired by the idea of reincarnation—that is, you will become it in the next life. Manu also claimed that the good person is ultimately defined by what, or how much, he did not eat. This chapter explains the relationship between eating and karma in Hinduism.

Keywords:   food, The Laws of Manu, reincarnation, eating, karma, Hinduism

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