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Dying to EatCross-Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death, and the Afterlife$
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Candi K. Cann

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813174693

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813174693.001.0001

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Alcohol Consumption, Transgression, and Death

Alcohol Consumption, Transgression, and Death

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Dying to Eat

Christa Shusko

University Press of Kentucky

Christa Shusko’s chapter focuses on how alcohol-drinking rituals mimic the drinking of blood (really a “blood” punch) in male fraternity groups. Shusko’s chapter examines how the living face death and form community through food, albeit through male bonding rituals of consuming alcohol and reenacting illicit and horrific acts. Shusko contends that alcohol acts as both conduit and medium through which the living come to terms with both death and the macabre. Unlike Graham, who argues that the absence of alcohol reinforces Protestant, and particularly Baptist identity, Shusko points to the use of alcohol as a cohesive agent that brings the community together.

Keywords:   Alcohol, Drinking, Rituals, Death, Community, Food, Bereavement

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