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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,... ... with his relations and friends. The hosts would make a feast in his honor: cattle were butchered; the guests were offered wine, kumis and some more exquisite dishes. In fact, this treatment was a kind of a mandatory supply of provisions to an important person ...

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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