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The Singular Beast: Jews, Christians, and the Pig

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A provocative exploration of the pig in European culture and anti-Semitism, The Singular Beast chronicles the cultural and religious character of the pig — and details the folkloric beliefs still found among both provincial and urban Europeans and the rituals that have been associated with it from the Middle Ages to today.

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"A stunning compendium of porcine and theological folklore... With remarkable acuity, The Singular Beast shows how the pig, the Jew and the Christian have been locked in a fatal and macabre pas de trois for the past two millenniums." Times Literary Supplement

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Throughout history, the slaughter and consumption of the pig has been the inspiration for role-playing and taboos, and at the center of practices that defined the boundaries between Christians and Jews. A provocative exploration of the pig in European culture and anti-Semitism, "The Singular Beast" chronicles the cultural and religious character of the pig — and details the folkloric beliefs still found among both provincial and urban Europeans and the rituals that have been associated with it from the Middle Ages to today.

About the Author

Claudine Fabre-Vassas is a research fellow at the Centre Nationale Recherche Scientifique and teaches at the École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Carol Volk is a translator and Foreign Service Officer based in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231103671
Translator:
Volk, Carol
Author:
Volk, Carol
Author:
Fabre-Vassas, Claudine
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Christianity and other religions
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Folklore
Subject:
Judaism
Subject:
Swine
Subject:
Blood accusation.
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism (Paperback)
Series Volume:
no. SRB 96-04
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.22x6.12x.88 in. 1.37 lbs.

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Religion » Judaism » Rituals and Practice

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Product details 384 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231103671 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A stunning compendium of porcine and theological folklore... With remarkable acuity, The Singular Beast shows how the pig, the Jew and the Christian have been locked in a fatal and macabre pas de trois for the past two millenniums."
"Synopsis" by , < P> — < I> New Republic< /I> < /P>
"Synopsis" by , Throughout history, the slaughter and consumption of the pig has been the inspiration for role-playing and taboos, and at the center of practices that defined the boundaries between Christians and Jews. A provocative exploration of the pig in European culture and anti-Semitism, "The Singular Beast" chronicles the cultural and religious character of the pig — and details the folkloric beliefs still found among both provincial and urban Europeans and the rituals that have been associated with it from the Middle Ages to today.
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