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Eating With Hands
Taken from US Brahmins Group, By Raman K, Sep 2, 2012
Why do we Indians eat food with our hands?
In the Big Brother series some years back, an English participant complained about an Indian participants about the use of her hands during food preparations and her eating habits, "They eat with their hands in India, don't they? Or is that China? You don't know where those hands have been." Within many Indian households nowadays, the practice of eating food with the hands has been replaced with the use of cutlery.
Have you ever thought of why previous generations in India ate with the
hands? There is a reason for their this. The practice of eating with
The hands are considered the most precious organ of action. This is linked
to the Vaidik prayer of
Our hands and feet are said to be the conduits of the five elements. The
Aayurvedic texts teach that each finger is an extension of one of the five
Each finger aids in the transformation of food, before it passes on to our
internal digestion. Gathering the fingertips as they touch the food
You may have noticed that elders in the family hardly ever use utensils to measure all the different type of Masaalaa (spices), and would instead prefer to use their hands to measure the quantity instead. As each handful is tailored to provide a suitable amount for the own body. Overall there are 6 main documented forms that the hands take when obtaining a measurement a certain type of food ranging from solid food to seeds, and flour.
This is a prime example of how many things within Hindu culture may seem weird and unusual at first glance, but once a closer look is taken it is surprising, but a vast amount of knowledge is revealed.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 8/9/09
Updated on 09/02/12