Essay on Pig Lovers and Pig Haters

1665 Words Sep 15th, 2013 7 Pages
ANP 320
9-26-2013
Pig Lovers and Pig Haters This article relates to what we have learned about materialism. Harris goes in depth explaining the differences between pig haters and pig lovers, and what that meant for their societies. Harris wants to know “how to account for an apparently bizarre and wasteful taboo” (45). He explains the history of pig hatred for the Jews and Moslems, stating that the Bible condemned them from eating pig because they were dirty. Every reason given for why pigs are hated was irrational in the sense that the same thing could ultimately be said about most other animals. Harris’ reasoning brings the history of the people and the land into account. They were nomadic pastoralists and the climate
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This is NO help b/c other animals were also once worshiped in the Middle East
Other scholars- pigs, and other animals tabooed in the Bible and Koran, were once totemic symbols of diff tribal clans. But if we agree with this, we have to think that maybe “clean” animals were also totems.
Author prefers Maimonides approach. Placed it in a natural context of health and disease where definite mundane and practical forces were at work. ----Need to adopt a broader def of public health that includes the essential processes by which animals, plants, and people manage to coexist in viable natural and cultural communities.
Author’s hyp: “the Bible and Koran condemned the pig because pig farming was a threat to the integrity of the basic cultural and natural ecosystems of the Middle East.” (40)
History shows the Hebrews were nomadic pastoralists living in arid regions. Pigs don’t do well here (they can’t sweat) and gain most weight when eating nuts, fruits, tubers, and grains---making them a direct competitor of man.(41-42)
Pigs only poop and pee everywhere when temps get above 84 deg bc they need to cool themselves off. Below 84 they keep their business and sleeping quarters separate. So only Really dirty bc of natural causes, not pigs want, but their

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