No Dragon Brisket for Pesach

Just in time for Passover: Evil Monkey’s Guide to Kosher Imaginary Animals.

The blog Ecstatic Days has mined the knowledge of Ann VanderMeer (“editor of Weird Tales, co-editor of The New Weird and Steampunk, and a practicing Jew who teaches bat/bar mitzvah students”) to describe the bizarre gastronomic intersection of fantasy fauna and the Jewish faith.

Some choice excerpts from the list:

Dragon — A: “No reptiles or amphibians.” EM: “No exceptions? What about if it chews its cud?” A: “Shut up.”

Baku (dream-devouring tapir) — A: “That’s considered a swine. It doesn’t chew its cud.” EM: “What if it was a dream-devouring cow? Would the dream-devouring disqualify it?” A: “No. As long as you don’t consider that scavenging.”

Pope Lick Monster — A: “I don’t know what that is.” EM: “I think it’s a monster that licks the Pope.” A: “If it’s licking the Pope, it’s probably treyf.”

Everything else on the list is equally wacky/inspired, so it’s worth a look.

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