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Eat Not This Flesh Hailed as a classic when initially published in 1961, Eat Not This Flesh was the first book that explored, from a historical and cultural perspective, taboos against eating certain kinds of flesh Frederick J Simoons s research remains original and invaluable, the only attempt of its kind to reconstruct the origin and spread of food avoidances while challenging current Western explanations In this expanded and updated edition, Simoons integrates new research as he examines the use and avoidance of flesh foods including beef, pork, chicken, and eggs, camel, dog, horse, and fish from antiquity to the present day Simoons suggests that Westerners are too ready, even in the absence of supporting evidence, to cite contemporary thinking about disease and environmental factors to explain why certain cultures avoid particular kinds of meat He demonstrates how historical and archaeological evidence fails to support such explanations He examines the origin of pork rejection in the Near East, explores the concept of the sacred cow in India and the ensuing ban on beef, and reveals how some African women abstain from chicken and eggs, fearing infertility While no single explanation exists for food taboos, Simoons finds that the powerful, recurrent theme of maintaining ritual purity, good health, and well being underlies diet habits He emphasizes that only a full range of factors can explain eating patterns, and he stresses the interplay of religious, moral, hygienic, ecological, and economic factors in the context of human culture Maps, drawings, and photos highlighting food avoidance patterns in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific provide additional information throughout the book. New Read [ Eat Not This Flesh ] By [ Frederick J. Simoons ] – groundhogwalking.co.uk

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  1. The weirdest food I ever ate was in Damascus goat testicles with cheese on flatbread, which was delicious until I found out what it was Why was that Why, as my Syrian friends lolled about, laughing at me as I nearly wretched over the lingering sensation of pulling at the indelicate, yet rubbery, flesh, was I nearly wretching Simoons wonders the same thing why do cultures avoid certain foods Even though, the roots of such avoidances are mostly hypothetical, he does a fine job of recounting t The weirdest food I ever ate was in Damascus goat testicles with cheese on flatbread, which was delicious until I found out what it was Why was that Why, as my Syrian friends lolled about, laughing at me as I nearly wretched over the lingering sensation of pulling at the indelicate, yet rubbery, flesh, was I near...