Warning: This post is about pigs and contains photos of a porcine nature. Those suffering from Religiously induced Porcine Fobia could experience extreme suffering!
American president Harry Truman:
“No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs.”
- Scientists believe that pigs are one of the most intelligent animals ranking close behind apes and dolphins.
- In Nordic Mythology, Gullinbursti (“Gold-Bristle” or “Gold-Mane”) was Freya’s golden boar, created by the dwarves Brokk and Sindri as part of a challenge. His shining fur is said to fill the sky, trees, and sea with light.
- While the pig was sacred to Isis, the black boar was associated with her brother and opponent, Seth. This black boar aspect was considered responsible for the obscuration of the sun during an eclipse. In one version, he gores Horus, the sun-god, putting out one of his eyes.
- In Hinduism the god Vishnu took the form of a boar in order to save the Earth from a demon who had dragged it to the bottom of the sea.
- In ancient Greece, a sow was an appropriate sacrifice to Demeter and had been her favorite animal since she had been the Great Goddess of archaic times. Initiates at the Eleusian began by sacrificing a pig. The later, roman goddess Ceres also had pigs offered to her.
- In keeping with leviticus 11:7, the dietary laws of Judaism forbid, among other kinds of meat, the eating of pork in any form, considering the pig to be an unclean animal. From the strict reading to the relevant Torah passage, pork is as forbidden as the flesh of any other unclean animal, no more and no less; in practice, however, abhorrance of pork is far stronger and emotional in traditonal Jewish culture than that of other forbidden foods.
- The eating of pork is also prohibited in Islam, among Seventh-day Adventists and some other Christian denominations. Islamic people can be very fobic about anything to do with pigs, even pictures of it.
- In Haitan Voodoo, Ezili Dantor, the Iwa of Motherhood, is associated with the black Creole pig of Haiti, her favorite animal sacrifice.
- The Celtic Mother goddess Ceridwin, who was associated with the moon, was referred to as the Old White Sow. The Celts were also among those who considered the flesh of swine the most suitable meal for the gods even after the Old Mythology was diminished into tales of the Otherworld. It was also said that Manannan, god of the sea, had magic pigs which though eaten one day, returned the next to be eaten again.
- Nut, the Egyptian goddess of the night, Mother of Stars, was sometimes depicted on amulets as a sow suckling her piglets
- Adonis, a later Greek god whose origins lie in the Middle East, perished by the tusks of a wild boar. His name, which derives from adohn or lord, likely refers to Tammuz, consort of the Great Goddess, Inanna or Ishtar.
A Russian farmer who tried to take his pig to a top football game was barred after police decided it could ‘ incite a riot’ . Football fan Vladimir Kisilev from St Petersburg took his prize-winning pig to a show in Moscow and wanted to watch a national Premier League match afterwards. He took the pig along with him, as he had nowhere to leave it, but police banned the pig from the ground for the match between Spartak Moscow and St Petersburg Zenit.
Officers feared the pig could provoke a riot as Spartak Moscow fans are called ‘ Pigs’ by their St Petersburg Zenit rivals. Kisilev said, ‘I wanted to see the game, but had nowhere to leave the pig. I almost managed to get it into the ground in a big bag but it started grunting and the police noticed.’
Roman historian Tacitus (1st century CE) says about the Germans that: ”They worship the Mother of the Gods, and wear, as an emblem of this cult, the device of a wild boar, which stands them in stead of armor or human protection, and gives the worshiper a sense of security even among his enemies. They seldom use weapons of iron, but clubs very often.”
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There maybe two reasons the Jews, and the later believes based on Judaism, Christianity and Islam, have a ban on eating pork meat: According to the Man-eating natives of Papua New Guinea who eat both mammals; pigs and humans, human meat tastes very similar to pork. Actually human meat is called ”Long Pig” by the native cannibals.
Another interesting fact mentioned by the cannibals of Papua New Guinea is that the Japanese taste a lot better than Europeans… That will teach the Europeans for always thinking they are better than anybody else on the planet! However we go on about being so superior to everybody else… However our pink skin may make us look like the tasty pig, we Europeans do not make for the best tasting charcuterie.
Another reason for the most recent patriarchal religions to abhor the intelligent naked, human tasting pig is the fact that many Goddesses had pigs dedicated to them. And as all Goddesses had to be erased from human memory, so should their animal be declared ”unclean”.
Of course there still are people who worship the pig. The most eminent and best known of these is Lord Emsworth, whose unwavering devotion to the prize winning ”Empress of Blandings” has been so brilliantly described by P. G. Wodehouse.
Actually, there are a lot of books out on pigs….
But in some countries even a drawing of the most endearing of fictional porcine characters: Piglet,
Is still só unclean and schocking, that poor piglet has to be blackened out, before the book is allowed in the shops.