A quick quote…

For food, in its raw state, belongs to nature, but in its cooked state is of culture: the need for food is natural, but the prohibition and prescription of certain foods is cultural, as are the rules for its distribution. Hence myths about growing, hunting, cooking, eating, stealing of food, or about deprivation of it, may be interrelated with themes of consanguinity, affinity, incest and its prohibitions, exogamy, inclusion, exclusion, and so on. Genesis after all, contains a significant apple and a slightly less significant mess of lentil soup (Cohen, 1969: 347).

Cohen, P. 1969. Theories of Myth. Man, New Series, Vol. 4, No. 3.


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