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Why do you think Dante put the gluttons in eternal excrement?  

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Gluttony is derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning "to gulp down or swallow."  It is one of the Seven Deadly Sins in Judeo-Christian Theology.  It is the over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants "to the point of waste." This is the key: "waste."  Gluttony is a waste of food, a waste of flesh, a waste of literal waste.  So says Enotes criticism:

As Dante ascends Mount Purgatory, he meets in turn souls who have experienced the seven deadly sins: pride, envy, wrath, sloth, avarice, gluttony, and lust...The last three sins are from loving too much and...

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