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Lecture 11

ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: The Babys, Spiritual Gift


Department
Anthropology
Course Code
ANT100Y1
Professor
Hillary Cunningham
Lecture
11

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ANT 110 – Lecture – November 29, 2011
Film: Babette’s Feast
You have to remove yourself from nature in order to be more rational – think about how
the film is playing with that
How we celebrate community, transition in a community
Watch the entire film (Danish)
Pay attention to the community and how they are regarding food in terms of their
spirituality and bodies
Martina and Philippa
They eat the same thing everyday and they prepare it the same way every time
Then Babette wants to throw a French dinner
The sisters think that she is going to poison them and that Babette is evil
One of the sisters asks all the members not to comment on the taste of the food
Babette’s Feast 1989
Puritan community – to deny yourself the vanities of life so that you could be closer to
god. You don’t want to be distracted from the ultimate end by indulging.
Contrast with the French culture, and the arts are distractions
Embodiment: - Puritan,
- Mind/Body Dualism
- Wine
- The general killed Babette’s family, then celebrated her at the dinner
(all encompassing kind of mercy)
- The last meal represents the last supper (communion / Eurcharist)
- People will be brought together by food
- Cana – wedding at Cana (run out of wine, then Jesus turns water into
wine/ his first miracle)
- The first miracle of Jesus is turning water into wine at a party
- It’s the wine that is the blood of Christ that brings people together
So it’s playing on a dualism by saying that the Puritan goal and the French goal are the
same just going about it in a different way.
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