Food, Purity and Pollution: Zoroastrian Views on the Eating Habits of Others

  title={Food, Purity and Pollution: Zoroastrian Views on the Eating Habits of Others},
  author={Touraj Daryaee},
  journal={Iranian Studies},
  pages={229 - 242}
This article discusses the use of food as a mode of differentiation and identification according to Zoroastrian Middle Persian and Persian texts of the late antique period. In these texts, the list of foods consumed by Arabs and Indians are juxtaposed with that of the Iranian diet, and each group is given anthropological treatment. The article contends that the Zoroastrian dietary law, based on the Middle Persian texts, provides a mode of purity and impurity vis-à-vis others. Finally, the… Expand
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