April 28, 2021
When we ingest, we are talking about the singular act of taking in the substance. However, the substance does not just sit on the tongue. Ingestion is followed by digestion, then absorption, and finally elimination. In considering the poetics of ingestion in faith practices, I am most interested in the stage of absorption because it offers us a language of subsuming that signals the ecstatic moment when that which is ingested becomes something different once it interacts with what is inside of us. Faith-based rituals include the consumption of everything from bread and wine to psilocybin mushrooms. And at times these ecstatic experiences are accidental.