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

... exception. Besides, it was forbidden to eat with the left hand, which equated with drinking one’s own blood. It was also prohibited to talk loudly and make noise over the newly prepared but not yet ready kumis leaven – this was considered to prevent the kumis from fermenting and bring about the “leaven’s death.” Apart from this, there were hunting taboos on the names of products. These were attributed to anthropomorphism, which is enduing human properties to wild animals and the resulting necessity to conceal from them hunter’s intentions. Before going hunting to the taiga, a hunter would call ...

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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