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    Wink Moslem Pork Taboo is Down to Pre-Islamic Fertility Goddess Al'Lat

    Taken from a letter to the Evening Standard, London.

    Juliette Singer (Letters, 9 July) argues that the Jewish and Muslim taboo on eating pork is due to ancient outbreaks of swine fever.

    In fact, the taboo on eating pig's flesh, along with shellfish, hares and rabbits, is because all these animals were sacred in pre-religious times to the great fertility goddess.

    Since goddess religions were rivals to the patriarchal male god Yahweh, all rites, foods and practices (eg, male temple prostitution) associated with the fertility goddesses were declared "unclean", in the same way that the gods of a former religion become devils for a succeeding one.

    Statuettes have been found in the near Middle East showing a fertility goddess sitting astride a pig, thereby displaying her genitals, and pigs were sacrificed and eaten at the rites of Isis or Demeter, whose coinage carried a pig on one side.

    The great Erich Neumann, a colleague of Jung, chronicles in his book The Great Mother how the pagan sense of supremacy of the feminine was supplanted by patriarchal religions, and why.

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    Fertility Goddess?
    Sounds like a better religion to me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Götterschicksal
    Fertility Goddess?
    Sounds like a better religion to me.

    There are loads of fertility goddesses in Gothenburg. I need to go there

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    The taboo separates ruminants from non-ruminants. Ergo, it isn't because specific animals were sacred to specific deities. Ruminants turn a resource - grass and forbs humans cannot digest - into meat whereas swine compete with humans for the same food. More difficult is the former Scottish taboo on pork products.

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