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Folklore and food habits.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1254878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The folklore surrounding food habits developed from uncertainty and fear in mankind's quest for food. In an attempt to gain control of his destiny, man developed various magical practices which would perhaps assure an abundance of food. The practice and beliefs did not develop haphazardly, but, on examination, reveal a type of "folk logic" explained by Sir James Frazer's concepts of contagious and homeopathic magic. The "logic" was extended to specific practices in preparing foods, eating of foods on special days, the use of food in curing certain diseases, and forbidding foods at certain times. The folk were attempting to coordinate the phenomena of their world according to cause and effect much the same as modern Americans coordinate their world. However, the basic assuptions were different.
Authors:
P A Shifflett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dietetic Association     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0002-8223     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Diet Assoc     Publication Date:  1976 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-06-02     Completed Date:  1976-06-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503061     Medline TA:  J Am Diet Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  347-50     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Aged
Agriculture
Animals
Christianity
Cookery
Ethnic Groups
Female
Folklore*
Food Habits*
Holidays*
Humans
Infant
Judaism
Logic
Medicine, Traditional
Pregnancy
Taboo*
United States

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