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WHY JEWS DON'T EAT PORK

WHEN JESUS WAS A YOUNG MAN HE WENT PLACES, HE LIKED CHILDREN AND
OLD PEOPLE. HE LIKED TO WATCH WEDDINGS AND MARKET PLACES. THE
JEWS HEARD OF JESUS AS A SMART MAN AND A GOOD DOCTOR. THEY HEARD
HE PERFORMED MIRACLES BUT NOT IN THIS CITY. SO THERE WAS A MARKET
PLACE WHERE THE FARMERS AND VILLAGERS BROUGHT THEIR WARES AND
WHATEVER THEY MADE OR GREW. THEY BROUGHT IT TO SELL.
THERE WAS A BASKET MAKER AND HE MADE SMALL BASKETS FOR MARKETING,
LARGER BASKETS TO STORE CLOTHES IN, AND SOME LARGE ONES THAT ONE
COULD SLEEP IN. AS HE TALKED WITH SOME BUYERS, SOMEONE SAID,
"OH! THERE COMES THE SMART MAN." THE BASKET MAKER ASKED, "IS
HE THE ONE THAT CAN TELL WHAT WILL OR CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME?" THE
BUYER SAID, "YES, THAT'S JESUS, THE PROPHET." THE JEW SAID, "I
SHALL SEE HOW SMART HE IS."
WITH THE JEW WAS HIS WIFE, WHO WAS PREGNANT, AND TWO CHILDREN. HE
TOLD HIS WIFE TO GET UNDER ONE OF THE BIG BASKETS. SHE DID.
WHEN JESUS CAME BY THE JEW, HE ASKED JESUS "I HEARD YOU ARE SUCH
A SMART MAN. IF YOU ARE, TELL ME WHAT HAVE I UNDER THE BASKET."
AND HE LAUGHED AND SHE GIGGLED UNDER THE BASKET. JESUS JUST
LOOKED AT THE JEW AND SAID, "YOU REALLY MEAN FOR ME TO TELL YOU
WHAT THERE IS UNDER THE BASKET?" IN THE MEANTIME THERE WERE A
LOT OF PEOPLE GATHERING TO HEAR JESUS TALK. THE JEW SAID AGAIN,
"YES, IF YOU'RE SO SMART, TELL ME AND THESE PEOPLE WHAT HAVE I
UNDER THAT BASKET."
JESUS THEN LOOKED AT THE CROWD AND SAID, "UNDER THAT BASKET THERE
IS A PIG WITH HER LITTLE ONES." THEN THE JEW AND SOME OF HIS
FRIENDS BURST OUT LAUGHING, SAYING, "I TOLD YOU HE IS A FAKE."
THE JEW WAS SAYING THAT UNDER THE BASKET IS HIS WIFE. AS HE
LIFTED THE BASKET, THERE WAS A PIG WITH HER YOUNG ONES AND NOT
HIS WIFE. THE JEW PANICKED, CRIED AND CALLED, "JESUS, JESUS!"
BUT JESUS WAS NOT THERE. NO ONE SAW HIM LEAVE. SO FROM THEN ON
THE JEWS WILL NOT EAT PORK, FOR FEAR IT MIGHT BE ONE OF THEIR
AUNTS.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME WHEN I WAS BETWEEN 10-14 YEARS OLD. MY MOTHER HAD BEEN
TOLD THIS STORY BY HER MOTHER, POSSIBLY ABOUT 1910-1915. I'M SURE
THAT THIS WAS TOLD AS AN ABSOLUTE, NOT JUST A STORY. I DIDN'T
REMEMBER THE DETAILS, SO MY MOTHER WROTE DOWN THE STORY FOR ME
ON MAY 15, 1965.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Legend

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FOOD BELIEF

TO INSURE GOOD LUCK THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR, ONE SHOULD EAT
PORK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Submitter comment: MISS ZITZEWITZ LEARNED THIS AS A CHILD AND HER FAMILY STILL
PRACTICES IT TODAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.42

Date learned: 10-02-1963

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FOOD CUSTOM

MEAT & MILK OR ANY DAIRY PRODUCTS MUST NOT BE EATEN FROM THE
SAME DISHES

Submitter comment: HEARD THIS AS A KID. THESE SAYINGS JUST WENT AROUND IN A JEWISH
HOME. I COULD NOT FIND ANY SOURCE {OF} THIS SAYING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Service Table furnishing and decoration Food container
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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FINGER LAKES BELIEF

THE IROQUOIS BELIEVED THAT THE FINGER LAKES OF UPPER NEW YORK STATE WERE
FORMED BY THE HAND OF GOD, DESCENDING IN BLESSING UPON THE LAND.

Submitter comment:

MR. WYATT LEARNED OF THE LEGEND WHILE LIVING IN GENEVA, NEW YORK,
HIS HOME. GENEVA IS ONE OF THE FINGER LAKES.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN INDIAN ; CREATION ; Entomology ; Finger Lakes ; God ; Indigenous ; Iroquois ; NAME ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Still water Small body.

Date learned: 10-22-1965

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ITALIAN-AMERICAN COOKING

ON EASTER, THEY SERVE WHOLE ROASTED BALRY LAMB AND MANICOTTI WITH
TOMATO SAUCE. EVERY HOLIDAY HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL MEAL, BUT THEY ALL
END UP WITH EXPRESSO COFFEE AND FRUIT AND NUT MIX.

Submitter comment: REALLY ENJOYS TALKING ABOUT ITALIAN COOKING.

Where learned: OHIO ; AKRON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Noon mealsDinnerLunch
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
Food Drink -- Plant food Nut
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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DIFFERENT THANKSGIVING

INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL TURKEY PREPARED FOR A FEAST DAY IN THE
UNITED STATES, IN EAST AFRICA A FEAST DINNER USUALLY CONSISTS
OF A GOAT SACRIFICED BY THE HEAD OF THE FAMILY OR THE NEIGHBORHOOD
WHO ALL GET TOGETHER FOR THE FEAST.

Submitter comment: AS TOLD TO ME BY MISS HAJI.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 01-02-1970

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FOOD

RAW LEG OF LAMB IS A COMMON LEBANESE DISH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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RECIPE

POLISH RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE KEILBASA, SERVED AS ONE OF THE MAIN
MEAL COURSES ON CHRISTMAS DAY AND EASTER SUNDAY:
5 POUNDS PORK, CUBED OR COARSE GROUND; 5 TEASPOONS SALT;
1 AND 1/4 TEASPOONS PEPPER; 1 SMALL CLOVE GARLIC, CRUSHED
OR CHOPPED FINE; 1 CUP WATER MIX ALL INGREDIENTS WELL AND
LET STAND ONE HOUR TO MARINATE BEFORE CASING. TO CASE, DIP
PORK CASINGS IN WATER, TIE ONE END AND EASE CASING ONTO
CASING ATTACHMENT OF FOOD GRINDER. GRIND AND FILL CASING
AND TIE END. TO PREPARE FOR SERVING: COOK FOR ONE HOUR IN
BOILING WATER. REMOVE AND BROWN IN OVEN FOR 5 TO 10 MINUTES.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: CA00001960S

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RURAL BLACK NEW YEAR'S CUSTOM

DURING THE DEPRESSION, IN LOUISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI IT WAS
CUSTOMARY AMONG BLACKS TO PREPARE HOG JOWLS AND BLACK-EYED
PEAS AS THE FIRST MEAL OF THE NEW YEAR. IT WAS THOUGHT
THAT THIS WOULD BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.
I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE ACTUALLY BELIEVED THAT GOOD LUCK
COULD RESULT FROM EATING A PARTICULAR MEAL. IT WAS JUST
A CUSTOMARY THING TO DO. SOMETIMES, AFTER WE CAME NORTH,
WE WOULD STILL FIX THE MEAL FOR NEW YEAR'S. AFTER I GOT
MARRIED, IN 1950, I DON'T RECALL PREPARING ANY PARTICULAR
MEAL ON NEW YEAR'S.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LIVED IN LOUISVILLE, MISSISSIPPI UNTIL BEING
SENT OVERSEAS IN WORLD WAR II. BY HIS RETURN, IN 1946,
THE FAMILY HAD MOVED TO DETROIT. THE INFORMANT HAS LIVED
IN DETROIT SINCE THAT TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Custom
Food Drink -- Food
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Special Form and PurposeObject of Bodily Consumption
BELIEF -- Custom
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 09-00-1982

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CRACKLIN' BREAD

TAKE THE SKIN FROM A PIG, BAKE IT CRISP, CRUMB IT, MIX IT
INTO THE BATTER OF CORNBREAD, THEN BAKE IT.

Submitter comment: CRUMB=BREAK INTO TINY PIECES
MY INFORMANT HATES CRACKLIN' BREAD.

Where learned: OHIO ; CLEVELAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 00001930S ; 00001940S ; 10-12-1984

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IF YOU EAT PORK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY YOU WILL HAVE A PROSPEROUS
NEW YEAR; IF YOU EAT SOMETHING THAT SCRATCHES AT THE GROUND,
SUCH AS A CHICKEN, SO WILL YOU SCRATCH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WHITMORE LAKE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Meat Bird Poultry

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We use every part of a pig except the squeal

Submitter comment: He lived on a farm with 11 brothers and sisters and when a
pig was butchered every part was used in some way.
Nothing went to waste.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Pinnebog

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 00001940S

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IN THE PHILIPPINES MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE IT BAD LUCK TO EAT MEAT
WITHIN TWO DAYS OF A LOVED ONE'S DEATH. THIS IS SO IN CASE THE
PERSON HAS BEEN REINCARNATED INTO A PIG OR A COW.

Where learned: PHILIPPINES

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
Food Drink -- Meat
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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Never eat split hoof animals because they are unclean
animals; they carry disease, and they eat their own defecation.

Submitter comment: My mother told me about split hoof animals as I told her how
much I loved Bar-B-Que.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Meat Wild animal
BELIEF -- Animal

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The Irish do not traditionally eat corned beef and cabbage,
but eat a mixture of bacon and cabbage instead.

Where learned: IRELAND

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

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Philippine Recipe -- Caldereta

Item 29 is on the collector's printout of April 26, 1992
but is missing from the only file of hers that I can find.
-- J. T. Callow

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Meat Wild animal

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Don't eat "chittlings" (chitterlings) in the summer. This
would give you an upset stomach because too much pork in the
summer was not good for your health. "Chittlings are the
intestines of hogs.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

James Callow comment:

For eating pork only during months with an "R" in them, see
Puckett, Ohio, no. 6680.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Keyword(s): Chitlings ; FOOD ; Pork ; REGIONAL ; Seasonal ; Summer

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

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Crackling Bread

Crackling was made from hog fat - you boiled the fat from a
hog and that made crackling. To made crackling bread you mixed
the boiled fat with corn meal, salt, baking powder and milk.
After all the ingredients were mixed together your baked it until
it was brown.

Where learned: GEORGIA

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
Food Drink -- Pastry Sweet Dessert Bread, rolls, etc.

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Easter

In my family, it is a tradition to serve ham for Easter dinner,
although I am not sure why.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals
Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 04-09-1970

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KIND OF FOOD AND ITS PREPARATION: MEAT

ONE OF THE UNIVERSAL IMAGES OF THE NEGRO, IN PRISON
AND OUT, WAS THAT HE COULDN'T DO WITHOUT PORK. IT
MADE ME FEEL GOOD TO SEE THAT MY NOT EATING IT HAD
ESPECIALLY STARTLED THE WHITE CONVICTS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: PAGE 156 ; AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X ; GROVE PRESS INC

Keyword(s): Black ; DIET ; NEGRO ; Pork ; PRISON ; Stereotype

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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