ANTHROP 1AA3 Lecture Notes - Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, Marvin Harris, Stuffed Peppers
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March 26, 2013
Food-there is an eating context matched with social meaning
What Food Has Meaning to You?
Toast and butter (not margarine)
Kraft dinner with hot dogs
Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy
Homemade cheese bread
Grandma’s stuffed peppers
Lobsters-don’t look good dead
Fish or scallops
Nothing off the bone
Pink Sauce-ketchup and mayo
Pattern of aversion often have to do with meats.
Food Classification Systems
e.g. Hot and Cold Classification of Foods in Puerto Rico (Cold-cool-hot)
Hot and Cold Classification of Foods
Common in Latin America and Asia
Originally from Greek theory of health (4 humours)
Health-balance of opposing elements
Basic idea in Greek, Indian, Chinese and Arabic medical systems
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