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  •  So (none)
    Why then, in Britain, did the expression "The only thing you can't use on a pig is it's squeal" arise.  

    Pigs thrive in the temperate, wet climate here and for a long time were akin to the Native American bison in that they were used for everything.

    •  More piggishness (none)
      Given that all animal protein spoils how come the Elders of Jewish and Muslim antiquity allowed the consumption of any meat at all?
    •  You are jumping all over the place. (none)
      Geographically, culturally, chronologically.

      Originally, the religious ban on eating pork was because pigs and pork were unhealthy and more likely to carry diseases than the other food animals.  Culturally, pigs are more suited to fixed, agricultural cultures than to nomadic cultures.  Culturally, some prohibitions on food, drink and recreational substances are a matter of defining those who belong as opposed The Others.  Alcohol is forbidden to some religions but the Jews considered wine part of hospitality and religious rituals.

      Pigs could conceivably fit into all three of those categories, being both unclean, unsuitable to traditional herding lifestyle and drawing a line between the Chosen Faithful and the heathens.

      We must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.

      by Fabian on Fri Jan 06, 2006 at 11:53:15 AM PST

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