Is it evil to eat pig's liver?

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Is it evil to eat pig's liver?

Postby above us only sky » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:44 pm

There are many taboos when it comes to food. In many places, eating grasshoppers, pigs' liver, chicken hearts, dogs, cats and rabbits is a little bit "Satanic", while in other places it is as normal as eating potatoes, why is that?

On explanation is morality: We love our cats, rabbits and dogs, they are our best friends, so eating them is too Satanic.

Another explanation is utility: In ancient Japan, nobody eats beefsteak, because farm cattle is a very valuable asset for a farmer, they only start eating beefsteak in modern time when farm cattle became obsolete.

A third explanation is that it has something to do with social standing: We never see a powerful figure, like George Soros eating grass hoppers, people who eat grass hoppers everyday will be considered a little bit too grass-root. So people would try their best avoiding those food.

After all, which explanation is best ? why do we have those taboos in the first place? do we still need them?
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Re: Is it evil to eat pig's liver?

Postby phyllo » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:57 pm

Another explanation is utility: In ancient Japan, nobody eats beefsteak, because farm cattle is a very valuable asset for a farmer, they only start eating beefsteak in modern time when farm cattle became obsolete.
Why would "farm cattle" be considered valuable if they are not used as food? Purely for the leather hides?

The Japanese did not consume dairy products in large quantities so they did not keep dairy cattle.
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Re: Is it evil to eat pig's liver?

Postby phyllo » Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:17 pm

The cow might be a reincarnated person, so ...
In 675 Emperor Tenmu banned the consumption of animal meat (horse, cattle, dogs, monkeys, birds), due to the influence of Buddhism.[14]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Tenmu#Buddhism
In April of the year 675 A.D.
, the Emperor Tenmu prohibited
the killing and the eating of meat throughout Japan. This ban
prohibited the eating of beef, horse, dog, monkey, and chicken
during the busy farming period between April and September.
The ban included the farm animals that lived together with the
people, as well as monkeys, which were considered very close
to humans. It did not, however, prohibit the eating of wild
birds and animals.

https://www.kikkoman.co.jp/kiifc/foodcu ... 02_008.pdf
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Re: Is it evil to eat pig's liver?

Postby above us only sky » Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:23 pm

phyllo wrote:
Another explanation is utility: In ancient Japan, nobody eats beefsteak, because farm cattle is a very valuable asset for a farmer, they only start eating beefsteak in modern time when farm cattle became obsolete.
Why would "farm cattle" be considered valuable if they are not used as food? Purely for the leather hides?


In the old days,in Asia cattle (ox) is only used as a farming tool to help the farmer. A farmer can not get the harvest without an ox.
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Re: Is it evil to eat pig's liver?

Postby phyllo » Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:42 pm

Beasts of burden where used to assist farming in other cultures, where they were eaten as well. So the question becomes ... "why were Japanese cows purely valued as an aid to farming instead of both a food source and a farm aid?

The answer appears to be in the Buddhist concept of reincarnation.
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Re: Is it evil to eat pig's liver?

Postby Ultimate Philosophy 1001 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:30 pm

Why can't Emperor Tenmu be president?
God is dead.
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