Religioulousness. Tuesday, Aug 10 2010 

It’s pretty commonly understood that religion had a rather schizophrenic relationship with slavery.  Some denominations and clerics endorsed it, citing Biblical exhortations for slaves to “obey their masters.”  Others were abolitionist pioneers.  One finds, with almost everything, that religion’s role was contingent upon many other factors: location and economics, to name just two.  The first in what will likely be multiple entries centering on religion.

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Eating Like a Slave Friday, Jul 9 2010 

If there is one thing I am undeniably good at, it’s eating.  Since I was a toddler I’ve been able to eat more-or-less my body weight thanks to a freakishly high metabolism (it’s not as good at is it sounds, by the way).  Moreover, if there’s anything that’s universal to the human experience, it’s eating; everyone needs to eat.  Claude Levi-Strauss, the founder of American Anthropology, theorized that an integral part of cognitive development was categorizing which plants and animals were good to eat and which ones weren’t.  He opined further that food preparation — particularly cooking — was just as significant a cultural achievement for early hominids (see The Raw and the Cooked).  Below the fold, my oh-so-failed attempt at ingesting part of what it was like to be a slave.

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