Re: [sig] Verbal stuff
> I just watched a program illustrating how the Indians of SouthernAs you point out, the tools whereby the preparation and cooking occured
> Oregon prepare salmon. While praising Mother Earth and using
> obsidian knives they prepare and roast the fish on skewers in the
> same manner that their ancestors did 22,000 years ago. Need it
did not change in the intervening period. Furthermore, this ritual
activity has been preserved qua ritual. I am not aware of any extant
examples of Eastern European ritual food preparation that we cannot prove
HAVE changed in the last hundred years, so I don't think we can consider
the survival of food preparation techniques unchanged by the Eastern
Europeans to have been considered a Sacred Duty along the lines of, say,
performance of the Christian Mass.
However, for our period of study, we DO know that the tools (ovens,
heating equipment, preparation equipment) in Eastern Europe did change.
And within the periods for which we have documentation, we can prove that
the foods and the food preparation did change based on contact with other
cultures and changes in equipment. There is no reason to believe that
before our period of study the culture was static.
-- Pani Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika jenne@...
"History celebrates the battlefields whereon we meet our death, but scorns
to speak of the plowed fields whereby we thrive. It knows the names of the
king's bastards but cannot tell us the origin of wheat. This is the way of
human folly." -- Jean-Henri Fabre