Long before history came to recorded, people the world over have recognized the close association between food and life. Human society may be said to have its roots in the systematic sharing of food.
In oriental culture, the sharing of food has long been considered as a scared duty. We offer cooked food to our ancestors, to the devas, to the Buddha and to monks,, elders, pilgrims, as well as to family, friends, visitors, and to anyone who feels hunger, including animals. In oriental tradition, no one should go to bed hungry, even animals and unseen beings should be offered food to ensure their happiness and good will.