The ancient people had many mystical stories and legends associated with food. Many people still associate food products with different miraculous properties, for example, healing or protection from evil forces. For some, this kind of legends are still relevant. Therefore, here is the top 10 mystical stories about food.
Top 10 mystical stories about food
10. Salt. In many cultures around the world, salt is a symbol of purity, so it is often used as a means to ward off evil spirits. In European legends, salt was used to scare away evil witches. In Quebec, until now there is a belief that a pinch of salt on the doorstep frightens off evil spirits (bogeymen), who can hurt people by their pranks. In Christianity and Judaism, salt is seen as a means to fight Satan and evil spirits, which he sends, for example, demons and imps.
9. Potatoes. In Europe, potatoes for a long time was not recognized as a food product. But later it was appreciated, and the main role in it was played by its, supposedly, healing properties. On the British Isles, it was valued, in particular, for the curing rheumatism, asthma, seizures and other such diseases. There was a belief that you need to keep this product in your pockets in order to avoid hemorrhoids. There is also a myth according to which, potatoes, by the will of Allah, once saved Muhammad's army from starvation and helped it to win.
8. Milk. The most famous legends of milk were found on the British Isles in Ireland and Wales, as well as in India. For example, Irish folklore told of a cow named Glas Gaiblen, that wandered around the country and gave milk to everyone who wished. In honor of that caw many cities were called, identifying with Ireland itself. These tales spread throughout Britain, and in Wales there was a similar legend, according to which the cow disappeared after the locals wanted to make a pie out of it. These myths are intertwined with Indian tales of cloud cows that sent milk rain from heaven.
7. Bread. This product took a very important place among the peoples of Western Eurasia. In biblical times, bread, called leche, was the subject of sacrifice. When the Jewish people wandered around the desert, bread was sent from the sky for them, which could take any taste that to wish. Through the bread (in Jewish legends), one could transfer sins, and in the British legends, through the bread, one could take away illnesses from oneself. Bread, cooked on Good Friday, was stored throughout the year in order to cure people of illnesses. But the bread that the mice chewed was used to cure toothache.
6. Tuna. Despite the fact that tuna is a fairly common food, on Maldives this fish is of particular importance. Among the legends of the Maldives, there are two main ones: the coconut tree and the tuna. In the tuna fairy tale, it is said that the fish appeared thanks to the mythical navigator Bod Neji Kalefan, who sailed close to Dagas - a mythical tree at the edge of the world. When his ship came home, it was followed by schools of this incredible fish. Since then, striped tuna is a favorite catch of local fishermen.
5. Cabbage. In ancient Greece it was believed that cabbage was the result of a war between man and God. According to legend, the ruler of Thrace, Lycurgus, angered the god Dionysus, when he began to destroy his vineyards. For this God tied him up with vines, and when the captive began to mourn his fate, the first shoots of cabbage appeared from the tears. The opinion of the enmity of vines and cabbage went from this legend, hence the practice to eat cabbage when hangover or intoxication has begun. There are also a number of other legends about cabbage, and according to some of them, fairies and witches flew on cabbage stems.
4. Butter. There is just masses of legends about butter. According to one of them, people made a deal with the devil to steal the butter from others. After that, no matter what the victims of such deal did, they could not get good butter. Instead of it, they sometimes got some cream which wildly stank. A sign of such curse on a man was a piece of butter that from time to time appeared on his doorstep. To remove the curse, it was necessary to take a cutter from the plough and heat it to red, praising the devil, then the burglar who made the deal will come to his victim himself and confess everything. Also there were legends, according to which butter was stolen by spirits if people visited their places.
3. Peas. Some historians believed that peas occupy one of the leading roles in Indo-European mythology, namely, associated with heavenly fire. According to one of the Scandinavian legends, Thor sent dragons to Earth to pollute the wells with peas, but some peas fell to the ground and plants grew out of them. To avoid the anger of the god in the future, Norwegians ate peas on Thor Day. In Germanic legends, gnomes loved peas so much that they put on invisibility hats and stole it from farmers. There was also a number of signs associated with peas, particularly in British folklore. For example, in Suffolk it was formerly believed that if a girl finds a pod with nine peas exactly and puts it at the entrance to the house, then the next one who enters will be her soul-mate.
2. Radish. Many people know that in ancient Greece radish was a revered product. According to Pliny, when the Greeks made offerings to Apollo, the radish was cast from gold. Raddish was also of particular importance to the Hindu god Ganesha, who is often portrayed holding this vegetable in his left hand. He commanded to grow radishes in order to make offerings to him. Also this vegetable found its place in Japanese folklore, associated with the god Daikoku-sama. God overeat rice pies and his mother told him to eat just one radish in order not to perish from overeating.
1. Cucumber. Surprisingly, the cucumber is the champion in terms of the number of mentions in mythology and folklore. Most often it was revered as a symbol of fertility. In ancient Rome, cucumbers were used to stimulate pregnancy. On the British Isles, they were considered too dangerous vegetable for a health, which could lead to death. In Pennsylvania it was believed that the best way they could be sown was if a young naked man did it. There is a legend in Buddhism, in which the wife of King Sagara gave birth to 60,000 children, and the first-born was a cucumber.