Re: FWD (SK) Pork taboo

Date: Thu Jun 29 2000 - 08:03:12 MDT

In a message dated 6/28/00 10:32:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< Thus, in a subsistence culture, pigs would be seen as competition, not as
 complementary. People would want animals that ate something that the
 people couldn't, transforming that unavailable food into meat.
Right, can you imagine a person that depended on a particular water hole
wanting an animal around that tended to turn his water source into a mud
wallow? In addition in the old days in warmer climates pigs carried a
parasite (disease?) that ended up on the ground and was picked up by people.
You could also get the disease by eating undercooked pork.
    So the pig had two strikes against him:
1. He competed with man for scarce resources
2. He transmitted either a disease or a parasite.
Ron H.

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