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Food & meal superstitions, customs, symbols, etc.


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Food & meal superstitions, customs, symbols, etc.

ML8000 | Feb 22, 2007 11:21 PM

I know there are a lot of superstitions, customs and symbolism related to food/eating out there that are both logical (or historically logical) or not apparent. Superstitions and symbols have always fascinated me in an odd way, their meaning or reason.

The one symbol I always remember (esp. since Chinese New Year is upon us) is the Chinese superstition/image of a solo set on chopsticks resting on top of an empty rice bowl is a symbol of death. I always took this as the symbol of the ultimate foodie...I'm done, it's over, i.e., you're dead when you finish eating. I have no idea of the real meaning...but if anyone knows, I'm interested in hearing it.

I've also heard several superstitions related to knives. The one I remember best one from a Turkish friend. When I first met her I remember her saying, "I can't take the knife from you like that if we're going to be friends." I asked why and the response was, "In Turkey friends never hand each other knives, you put it on the table and I take it." I don't know if it was true but it reminded me of the concept of handing off scissors handle first so it made sense.

There must be a million superstitions for different cultures and it would be interesting to hear them which in turn gives a slightly better understanding of food and where ti comes from and who prepares it.

So, do you know of any superstitions related to food or eating?

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