- Predslava wrote:
>I vaguely recall that Asian nomads ate horseflesh. To this day, it's notI have no references to back this up, but I think that the Huns refused to
>considered "normal" food by Russians, and the medieval Chronicles
>noted the fact of horse-eating as a sign of extreme famine.
eat horseflesh.If I remember rightly, a Hunnish force was besieged in
Ravenna, and surrendered. When asked why they had surrendered when all the
horses could have fed them for weeks, the Huns replied that there were some
things that they just would not do...
Culturally logical, actually - if you're in the middle of a vast, desolate
steppe you need a horse to have any hope of getting anywhere. On foot,
you're carrion waiting for somewhere to drop.
Horse-flesh is still to be seen in the butchers' here in the good ol' CR,
but I'm told that it tastes pretty grim.
Hot dog, anyone?
Alastair in Prague
> Culturally logical, actually - if you're in the middle of a vast, desolateI think my prof for Central Asian Civ (long ago) said that some of these
> steppe you need a horse to have any hope of getting anywhere. On foot,
> you're carrion waiting for somewhere to drop.
nomads would drink the horses' blood...never enough to hurt the animal,
making it still usable and keeping themselves alive in times of dire need...