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Nectar & ambrosia : an encyclopedia of food in world mythology /

Tamra Andrews.

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Main Author: Andrews, Tamra
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2000.
Topics: Food - Folklore. | Food habits - Folklore. | Food - Symbolic aspects. | Aliments - Folklore. | Habitudes alimentaires - Folklore. | Aliments - Aspect symbolique. | Levensmiddelen. | Dranken. | Eetgewoonten. | Mythologie. | Volkscultuur. | Aliments - Folklore. | Habitudes alimentaires - Folklore. | Aliments - Aspect social. | Food - in folklore, mythology, & religion. | Feeding Behavior - in folklore, mythology, & religion. | Symbolism. | Mythology.
Genres: Folklore. | Encyclopedias.
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Main Author: Andrews, Tamra, 1959-
Physical Description: xv, 287 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-273) and index.
ISBN: 1576070360 (hard ;
9781576070369 (hard ;
Summary: In the ancient world, there were salmon that granted wisdom, drinks that ensured immortality, and animals and vegetables that bestowed other powers. It was believed that fortune bestowed other powers. It was believed that fortune and famine were controlled by supernatural forces and food was the focus of life, myth and ritual. Now for the first time, the magic and symbolic properties and uses of food by both mortals and immortals as mentioned in the worldʼs myths and legends are brought together and explained in Nectar and Ambrosia. The book covers the major food groups, beverages, herbs and spices; mythological concoctions such as Soma, the immortal drink of Indian legend; and foods of myth, such as Chinese moon cakes. A valuable introduction explains the connections among myth, food and ancient cultures; the rites and rituals of hunting, planting and harvesting; and taboo foods, edible offerings, forbidden fruits, fasts and feasts.
Includes acorns, agave, alcoholic beverages, alligator and crocodile, almonds, amaranth, apples, apricots, areca nuts, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, ayahuasca, balche, bamboo (shoots), bananas and plantains, baobab, barley, basil, beans, bear, beef, beer, belladonna, betel nuts, bilva fruit, birdʼs nests, blackberries, blood and flesh, blueberries, bread, breadfruit, buffalo, butter, cabbage, cacao, cactus, cake, candy, carob, carrots, cassava, cereals, cheese, cherries, chestnuts, chicha, chicken, chicory and endive, chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, coconuts, coffee, cola nuts, corn, cranberries, cucumbers, dates, deer, dog, eggplant, eggs, elderberries, figs, fish, flowers, frogs and toads, garlic, ginger, ginseng, goat, lamb and ram, goose and turkey, gooseberries, grain, grapes, guinea pigs, haoma, hazelnuts, herbs, honey, horse, ices and ice cream, insects, jujubes, kava (awa), kiwi fruit, lemons and citrons, lettuce, limes and linden trees, lotus, lupines, maguey, maize, mandrakes, mangoes, manioc, manna, maple syrup, mead, meat, melons, mesquite, milk, millet, mint, morning glory seeds, mulberries, mushrooms, mustard seeds.
Nectar and ambrosia, nightshades, oats, octli, olives and olive oil, ololiuqui, onions and leeks, oranges, ox, parsley and celery, peaches, peanuts, pears, peas and lentils, peppers, persimmons, pineapples, pines and pine nuts, plums, pomegranates, pork, potatoes, pulque, pumpkins and gourds, quinces, quinoa, radishes, raspberries, reindeer and caribou, rice, rye, saffron, sake, salmon, salt, sesame, soma, sorghum, soybeans, spices, squash, strawberries, sugar and sugarcane, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, tamarind, taro, tea, thornapples, tobacco, tomatoes, turmeric, turnips, turtle, vanilla, walnuts, water, watermelons, whale, wheat, wine, yams, yogurt.
Also includes information on food myths of Africa, Baltic and Slavic lands, China, Egypt, Greece and Rome, India, Japan, the Near and Middle East, North America, Oceania, Old Europe (Celtic lands and Scandinavia), South and Central America, Christian food myths. Also includes information on food functions: aphrodisiacs and love charms, elixirs of life and immortality, fertility symbols and symbols of renewal, foods associated with the underworld, foods for the dead, forbidden fruits, intoxicants and hallucinogens, medicinals, offerings and sacrifices, poisons, purificants and symbols of purity, taboos, totems.
Includes references to Andean peoples, Aztecs, symbolism of baking, biblical accounts, blood sacrifice, Brahmans, British Isles, Buddhists, cannibalism, creation myths, death, Day of the Dead, death and rebirth, death rites, Demeter, demons, Dionysus, divination, elixir of life, evil, fertility, food injunctions, Germany, Germanic peoples, good fortune, hallucinogens, harvest festivals, Hebrews, Garden of the Hesperides, Hindus, Homer, Hopi, Horus, human origins, transformations of humans, hunting, Incas, India, Indochina, intoxicants, Ireland, Jews, Jupiter, Krishna, Lakshmi, life force, longevity, love charms, love potions, magic, marriage rituals, mythical marriages, Maya, Mesoamerica, Mexico, Middle East, moon, mother goddess, Muslims, mythic transformations, Native Americans, Norsemen, nuts, Odyssey (Homer), offerings, Ojibwa, origin myths, Osiris, Pacific Islands, Persephone, personifications of food sources, Peru, Promised Land, prophecy, propitiation, Pythagoras, Pythagoreans, Quetzalcoatl, rain, raven, red color, respect, resurrection, Russians, Scotland, sea, seasons, sexual symbolism, shamans, shapes of food sources, Shiva, Siberia, soul, spirit, Southeast Asia, stars and constellations, stimulants, strength, sun, Taoists, tea ceremony, testicles, Teutons, Thailand, Thanksgiving, Thor, Tree of Knowledge, Tree of Life, Tree of Paradise, Tree of Wisdom, Tree of the Year, trees, urine, Valhalla, Valkyries, veneration, Vishnu, vomit, water of life, wealth, wisdom, witches, Yama, yellow color, yin, yang, Yoruba, Zeus, Zoroaster, Zuni, etc.
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