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Vol. 4 No. 1 (2022): Volume 4, Issue 1, Year 2022

The Food Culture of the Tamil Region

Arunan C
Centre for Tamil Culture, Alagappa University, Karaikudi-630003, Tamil Nadu, India.

Published 2021-12-24


  • Food culture,
  • Tamil culture,
  • Tamilar hospitality,
  • Tamil spiritual

How to Cite

C, A. (2021). The Food Culture of the Tamil Region. International Research Journal of Tamil, 4(1), 85-101.

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Food production is a science; food preparation is a living art. We prepare food to share with our kith and kin for our earthly and spiritual sustenance. All the great religions teach that food is a Divine blessing and should be treated with respect and immense gratitude.  In Tamilnadu food is a spiritual science with precise prescriptions of how to cultivate, prepare and consume food for physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Our local traditions have several things in common with global traditions. In that light this article presents our food culture through ages with its uniqueness of thanks giving to nature and people.


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