0

What is the history of brahmana diet?
Brahmins are generally vegetarians but there are some exceptions to it such as Pancha-Gauda Brahmans, Kashmiri Brahmans, and Oriya Brahmins?

So why is there so much difference?

closed as off-topic by YDS, Krishna Shweta, SwiftPushkar, Sarvabhouma, Paṇḍyā Sep 20 at 14:50

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question does not appear to be about Hindu religion, within the scope defined in the help center." – YDS, Krishna Shweta, SwiftPushkar, Sarvabhouma, Paṇḍyā
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1

I can provide only a partial answer. In the Tantras, there are contradictory opinions regarding a brahmin's eating of non-vegeterian food. The Varahi-Tantra says

A brahmin should never even think of eating fish, meat and wine.

Meru-Tantra says

A brahmin should never eat meat or wine.

On the otherhand, the Kamakhya-Tantra says

Following the order of Lord Shiva, the Indian (Jamvu-dvipabasi) brahmins should never worship with pasu-bhava (ie he should eat fish, meat and wine).

The Kali-vilas Tantra says

Nobody should eat meat,fish and wine in the age of kali.

Reconciling the views, the Bhava-Chudamani Tantra says

Meat, fish, etc can be taken only by the fallen brahmins.

So I think ultimately the decision to eat these or not would depend on (a) the family tradition and (b) the instructions of the Guru.

None is allowed to eat unoffered meat or fish by the way.

Reference :Sastramulak Bharatiya Saktisadhana, Upendrakumar Das, RMIC,Vol 2, page 641-642.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .