This paper explores the various norms of dining etiquettes and food aesthetics practiced by Early Mughal period in the time of the first three Mughal kings, Babur (1504-1530), Humayun (1530 -1556) and Akbar (1556 -1605). Studying the processes of constant change in their food habits, adab, and rituals over the period of time, this paper explains the extent of influence of the Turko-Mongol predecessors on early Mughal food habits and rituals, the influence of the dining etiquettes and customs in the construction of political authority, social identities and norms of civility and the role of food aesthetics in the construction of esteem and class- distinction.
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Anku Bharadwaj. Dining Etiquette and Aesthetics in the Early Mughal Period (1504-1605 CE). Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences 2016; 7(1): 61-72. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2016.00012.7