Re: [Authentic_SCA] Goats
- Godric wrote:
> Yes, one of the sayings we have here on our farm is "goats are b@stards".But so much smarter than sheep, in my experience.
> In the surviving Tax records of the period goats are rarely mentioned but sheep and cattleI suppose that depends on where you are living.
> are common place. Some researchers theorise that goats may no have been a "taxable" animal,
> you could not pay your taxes with goats and due to the similarities between sheep and goat
> skeletal structures the archeological record of goats in the early middle ages is
> questionable. From a personal point of view the lack of goaty evidence could also stem from
> the fact that "goats are b@stards", and that keeping goats is much harder than keeping
> cattle or sheep. Also goats require a differing diet from other ruminants (more trees and
> other woody plants) to thrive and so would require a differing food source than the rest of
> the herds. Also with a goats proclivity for breaking out of fencing the social, dietary and
> financial punishment from your herd of goats eating the neighbors trees would make goats
> less than desirable compared to sheep. Purely speculation of course but interesting to
> debate on.
In the Near and Middle East, home turf of my persona, goats and sheep were commonly kept, but cattle were far less common, and i am not... uh... kidding...
I don't know about paying taxes in animals. It was considered against Islamic law to tax Muslims - although Dhimmi, the protected People of the Book -- Jews, Zoroastrians, Christians -- were taxed. Where are you talking about?
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)