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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHROP 1AA3
Professor
Tracy Prowse
Semester
Winter

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March 28, 2013 Food Taboos 1) A marker of identity 2) Protection against diseases 3) Environment (ecology) Reasons for Food Taboos - Early anthropologists – “quirk” of culture - Environmental reasons – not suitable for area or scarce - Medical reasons – unhealthy – more value alive - Economic reasons – more value alive - Symbolic reasons – unnatural - Social reasons – to increase cohesion within groups and/or reinforce differences between groups (“us and them”) How did taboos about Eating Dogs Develop? - Domesticated – 10 000 ya - Marvin Harris – dogs used for transport, hunting, protection, warmth, companionship - Service more valuable than meat - T
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