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Eat not this flesh : food avoidances from prehistory to the present

Author: Frederick J Simoons
Publisher: Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 2nd ed., rev. and enlView all editions and formats
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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 finds that the 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 stresses the interplay of religious, moral, hygienic, ecological,  Read more...
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Simoons, Frederick J.
Eat not this flesh.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)608098323
Online version:
Simoons, Frederick J.
Eat not this flesh.
Madison : University of Wisconsin Press, ©1994
(OCoLC)621781478
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick J Simoons
ISBN: 0299142507 9780299142506 029914254X 9780299142544
OCLC Number: 29877776
Description: xiv, 550 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. Nutritional Importance of Foods of Animal Origin. General Shortage of Foods of Animal Origin through History, and the Craving for Flesh. Vegetarian Rejection of Flesh Foods. Rejection of Specific Foods of Animal Origin --
2. Pork. Pork Avoidance in the Near East and the Mediterranean Area. Europe beyond Greece and Rome. Africa South of the Sahara. Iran and Inner Asia. East Asian Center of Pig Keeping. The Indian Subcontinent. Southeast Asia. The Pacific Area. Origin and Spread of Pork Avoidance. Curious Efforts to Gain Acceptability for Pork among Hindus, Moslems, and Jews --
3. Beef. The Indian Center of Beef Avoidance. Southeast Asia. Tibet, Mongolia, and East Asia. The Near East and the Mediterranean Area. Africa South of the Sahara. Origin and Diffusion of the Avoidance of Beef --
4. Chicken and Eggs. Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, India, Tibet, and Mongolia. China and East Asia. West of India. Origin of the Avoidances of Chicken and Eggs.
Responsibility: Frederick J. Simoons.

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This text explores taboos against eating certain kinds of flesh from a historical and cultural perspective. New research on the use and avoidance of flesh foods, from antiquity to the present day, is  Read more...

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