True, a few dramas do represent feasting in easy and relaxed terms, but even celebrations of it could rebound on those who by implication neglect true hospitality.
(16) More usual is the anonymous Elizabethan play A warning for fair women (1599), which sums up the ominous aspects of feasting onstage; in the prologue, spoken by Tragedie:
So, it would seem, what we all need for Christmas is a feasting
" Scientists have speculated that feasting began before the Neolithic period, which starts about 11,500 years ago," Natalie Munro, who led the research team, said.
A major reason why humans began feasting -- and later began to cultivate their own food -- is because faster human population growth had begun to crowd the landscape, Munro explains.
She said that although many researchers believe feasting likely began with the emergence of modern humans, compelling supporting proofs have not been found.
Detection of feasting nearly 12,000 years ago may signal important culture changes.
For example, if it is difficult for archaeologists to reconstruct religion, even in the abstract, it is more difficult, if not altogether questionable, to try to understand highly social practices such as marriage, kinship, and feasting
. That we make the effort to do so today represents the extent to which we have made sufficient advances in our examination of evidence.
The pagan night of feasting
was thought to be a night when witches, ghosts and the spirits of the dead roam free.
Henry says that during the veteran's commemorative feasting
the names of English nobles will be "familiar in his mouth as household words" (line 52).
John Harris, The lawfulness and use of publick feasting
; a sermon .
Melanesian peoples have been the subjects of some recent and innovative studies on memory (see Haley, Lattas and Losche this volume), including some which, like my own, focus on the body and memory.(2) Of interest here is the work of Battaglia (1990, 1992 and 1993) and Kuchler (1987, 1988 and 1993) who, in addition to exploring the relationship between memory and the body, have examined the mnemonic processes at work in mortuary feasting
of Melanesian peoples.
In each case, the public action is followed by the king's feasting
of the local elite.
Not everyone shares the Aka's extreme fondness for feasting
, but many populations throughout the world consume food and drink in public ceremonies and have done so for centuries.
Valhalla was (is?) Odin's celestial hall where the souls of Norse heroes slain in battle spent (spend?) eternity in joy and feasting
. Every day, the heroes ride forth to do battle anew, and every evening they feast together on bear and mead.