Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Tue Mar 4 02:00:45 PST 2008
On Mar 4, 2008, at 4:31 AM, Stefan li Rous wrote:
> Adamantius replied to me with:
> <<< Eating them? I wouldn't be surprised if there weren't some
> practice of
> eating alligators in China, at least in some medical capacity.
> Certainly a bunch of other reptiles are eaten...
> I'd kind of assume, though, that Europeans would be turned off by the
> whole, um, non-docile man-eater thing... >>>
> Why do you say that? Wouldn't bear fit that "non-docile man-eater
> thing" and if I remember right, we do have a couple of recipes for
> bear meat.
I believe we do, but I'd suspect those are exceptions that prove a
rule. Put them on a virtual balance scale against recipes for chicken.
Now against mutton. Beef. Pork. Now against all of those, together.
Try the same experiment with lions. Tigers. Wolves. Sharks.
Now, these are dangerous animals we're talking about, and it may be
that that's the most obvious reason why we don't seem to show too much
evidence for their consumption in the recipe sources, but then things
like an angry stag or a wild boar are plenty dangerous. A large wild
boar can, and did, disembowel a hunter in a second, and they were
still hunted and eaten in medieval Europe, much more so, apparently,
European literature for centuries, pretty much, has indicated a
comparative distaste for the eating of predators and other carnivorous
animals, and a relative preference for herbivores, based on both the
ease of capture/dispatch, and for their flavor. Whether there's any
level of taboo about eating animals which, in turn, eat people (or
would, given the opportunity or necessity) is only speculation on my
part, but a couple bear recipes don't seem to make the argument
invalid on their own merits.
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