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Book: Embodiment and Black Religion

Chapter: 8. Gathering around the Table: Food Practices and Religious Meaning

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27410


Chapter 8 argues that black veganism can be understood as a form of religious meaning-making. Black vegans’ food practices and belief systems are seen as a religious form of resisting the legacy of slavery that equated enslaved Africans with animals. By abstaining from eating animal products, black vegans see themselves as refusing the system that once enslaved them and continues to objectify and dehumanize black bodies.

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