Culture and Entertaiment

BEANS AND THEIR IMPURE ORIGIN ( 8TH PART “THE BLACK LIST OF FORBIDDEN PLANTS” )

As we say this link with death facilitated the step towards the declaration that they were also “contaminated” and therefore impure . Homer considered the black beans impure , according to him, in them resided the souls of the shadows returning from Hades. Quickly its impurity was related to the negative effects that caused its …

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BEANS AND OTHER ROMAN RITUALS (7TH PART “THE BLACK LIST OF FORBIDDEN PLANTS” )

There are other rituals of Ancient Rome that refer to beans and therefore to their affinity relationship with the deceased. A very curious one was performed in the nuptial rites , when a marriage was celebrated. It consisted of providing beans believing that each one would become a future male child in which an ancestor …

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THE BEANS IN OLD RELIGION AND MYTHOLOGY (6TH PART “THE BLACK LIST OF FORBIDDEN PLANTS” )

No wonder beans had such a bad reputation. At the time of the Roman Empire , they were used as protagonists in important funeral rituals . Beans were present in some of the most important and popular Roman festivities. Publius Ovid reported them in his famous work “ Fasti ”, where he lists them, such …

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BEANS AND PYTHAGORAS: MYTHS AND LEGENDS (5th PART “THE BLACK LIST OF FORBIDDEN PLANTS” )

As we know for centuries, legends surrounding philosophical thinking and Pythagoras‘ conception of the world around him have been reinforced, probably driven by his same school prone to mystical symbols and esoteric customs . Obviously also the difficulty of direct information has contributed even more to feed these legends and myths. Verifiable data are scarce …

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BEANS: AN AMBIVALENT PLANT (PART 4 “THE BLACK LIST OF FORBIDDEN PLANTS” )

Indeed, sometimes the effects of certain foods could not be easily explained due to lack of scientific knowledge and entered into a true contradiction . It was the case of beans whose prohibitions, curious comments and beliefs about their nature and their properties in ancient times leave us still baffled today. The Vicia faba called …

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THE POTATOES: THE FOOD OF THE GODS (3rd PART “THE BLACK LIST OF FORBIDDEN PLANTS” )

For the Andean Indians, the potato was a divine gift that prevented their extinction and provided them with strength to defend themselves against their enemies . According to a study from the University of Wisconsin , the potato could have existed 8,000 years ago . Originally from South America , specifically from the Andes . …

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CARROT: THE CURSE OF PURPLE COLOR (PART 2 “THE BLACK LIST OF FORBIDDEN PLANTS”)

Curiously, the so enigmatic list of “cursed foods” was mostly only foods of high nutritional content . In fact, many of them, such as carrots, were already used in ancient Greece and Rome as a medicinal plant for their revitalizing properties. In fact, the Arabs considered it an aphrodisiac food as well as many others …

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THE BLACK LIST OF “FORBIDDEN” PLANTS IN ANTIQUITY (PART 1)

We find it hard to believe that the common carrot , so well known and familiar in our culinary culture, was for some time considered a “cursed” plant with magical and hidden properties. But that was the case during much of the Middle Ages , as with the eggplants , the purple color of the …

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HOLOGRAMS, MAGIC IN THE CIRCUS

A SPECTACULAR ALTERNATIVE THAT RESPECTS ANIMALS Although less and less, popular circuses and recreational attractions in which animals are exhibited performing movements and unnatural actions continue to be an alarming reality in many parts of the world. Tigers and elephants in circuses, roosters in lucrative fights, heifers and goats in the popular festivals of the …

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FORMULA-E

FORMULA E, START THE COUNTDOWN ALL THE NEWS OF THIS SEASON 2018-2019

New and very interesting developments are the ones that await us in this new 2018-2019 season that begins precisely tomorrow , December 15, 2018 . It will be the 5th season of the Electric Car Championship , organized by the International Automobile Federation. One of the novelties of this FIA Formula E Championship is that …

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