Originally posted by yoctobyte
Practices akin to 'breatharianism' have been extolled in some religious traditions.
In Christianity, fasting is a discipline that was practiced regularly by the early church and by some adherants today. The purpose of fasting (denying) the wants of the flesh for a period of time is to gain a deeper relationship (communion) with God. It is also required when praying throught certian situations for a specific outcome.
Protracted fasting (sometimes until death) has been known for both secular
causes and in religious traditions. A fairly recent example was the famous
1981 hunger strike by Irish nationalist prisoners in Northern Ireland, which
resulted in the deaths of ten members of the PIRA or the INLA.
During the Victorian era, some girls became celebrities, though often at
the cost of their lives, on account of their claimed abilities to survive
During the Middle Ages, some Christian women became renowned for
starving themselves (sometimes to death) in their efforts to draw closer