Feeding humans and non-humans in Theravada Buddhism

Project Details


The Buddhist cosmology of the Pali texts comprises 31 realms reaching from beings in hell at the bottom of the scale to the gods of the formless realms with humans somewhere in the middle. In practice, however, the relationship between humans and non-humans in Southeast Asia finds its expression more often than not by way of food offerings or feasts, which are prepared in the still largely female domain of the kitchens. This project explores the relationship in a series of mini documentaries in mixed medium (film, stills, sounds) to be combined into a film and an accompanying article.
Effective start/end date1/04/141/10/14

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  • Research Output

    • 7 Digital or Visual Products
    • 1 Article (Academic Journal)

    The Transformative Power of Food: The “Milk Mothers” in Sri Lankan Buddhism

    Langer, R., 20 Oct 2019, In : Material Religion. 15, 5, p. 529-552 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • A Buddhist Cosmology in Food

    Langer, R., 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Breakfast for the Buddha, monks and hungry ghosts

    Langer, R., 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

  • Activities

    • 1 Participation in conference
    • 1 Other

    Fieldwork in Sri Lanka

    Rita E M Langer (Speaker)

    3 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    XIX International Oral History Conference

    Rita E M Langer (Participant)

    27 Jun 20161 Jul 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference