Among other dietary laws, the Torah and later the Koran forbade the eating of pork. Boar meat has a strong odor that is generally considered to be repulsive. There is no smell if the animal has been castrated, but castration other than for punitive reasons was forbidden in the ancient Middle East, at least by the Semitic peoples among whom this taboo arose. We propose that the pork taboo originated in the unpleasant odor of boar meat.
Volume 2 Number 2
- Mandolin Mania in Buffalo’s Italian Community, 1895 to 1918
- The Religious Taboo Against Eating Pork: A Hypothesis On Its Origin
- Transethnic Sojourns for Ethnomedical Knowledge among Igbo Traditional Healers in Nigeria: Preliminary Observations
- A Comparison of the Cultural Heritage Laws in the State of New York and Province of Ontario