The Singular Beast: Jews, Christians, and the Pig
Throughout history, the slaughter and consumption of the pig has been the inspiration for role-playing and taboos, and at the centre of practices that defined the boundaries between Christians and Jews. An exploration of the pig in Judeo-Christian culture and European anti-semitism, this work chronicles the cultural and religious character of a creature that occupies an ambiguous place in the families of those who raise them - at once nearly a member of the family and a potential meal. The author details the folkloric beliefs still found among both provincial and urban Europeans and the rituals that have been associated with the slaughter and consumption of pigs from the Middle Ages until today. The book also demonstrates the continuing power of symbols to sustain or create ethnic identities.
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Fabre-Vassas, a research fellow in Paris, has written an examination of Christian attitudes toward Jews particularly during the Middle Ages. A reader may ask: Why focus on the pig? In the author's ... Read full review
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The Little Jew
The Return of the Pig
Blood and Soul
The Bone That Sings
The Time of Sacrifice
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Patrimoines métissés. Contextes coloniaux et postcoloniaux.
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