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Food without "Soul" Does Not Fill. Social and Ritual Aspects of Yakuts' Traditional Diet

"Food occupies a highly important place in Yakut beliefs, mainly in what concerns sacrifice offerings and "negative" taboo magic. According to Yakuts' beliefs, food (similarly to any other object) has a soul of its own, which is its quintessence, or vital principle, concluded in a material body. In part, it is this belief that underlies the theory of food sacrificing. For example, they used to put dishes with various meals and drinks in front of a god's image; the offerings were later...

Modified: 30.04.2010
Yakutia , Sakha , Yakuts' food , ethnography , traditional diet , sacrifice offering , taboo , rituals , magic , food bans , choron , kumis , kumis dishes
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