Fasting in Spiritual Traditions

Fasting has been prescribed in the following spiritual/religious traditions:

  • Christianity (including the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches)
  • The Mormon Church
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Sufism
  • Baha’i Faith
  • Hinduism
  • Jainism
  • Taoism
  • Buddhism
  • Paganism
  • Shamanism
  • Native American Traditions

As someone who has practiced fasting for over a year, I often wonder if these ancient traditions knew something that we didn’t. Something that likely was discovered naturally, perhaps evolving from health benefits discovered through food shortages that was translated into their traditions based on positive outcomes. 

Happy Fasting!