Sunday, August 18, 2013

On Indo-Aryan Cattle Herders

In reaction to my post on The Great Divide, Matt Bailey said:

Really dig this "That is, they had herds of cattle. They didn't farm, and didn't hunt and gather all that much. Cattle were their economic base." in relation to diet. Grain has only been around an eyeblink in evolutionary terms, and only been a big dietary item for Nordics for a nanosecond by evolutionary terms. Hence Americans who are fat sick and nearly dead from abandoning bacon, beef, and butter in favor of "healthy whole grains" (grass)

Makes you think, doesn't it. I detect it in myself — this notion that eating plants is good, and eating meat is somehow wrong, or at least self-indulgent, and probably unhealthy.  I think Matt is right, and especially right as far as the Indo-Europeans or Indo-Aryans are concerned.  That group, to which most of us belong, were eaters of meat and drinkers of milk and blood until quite recently.  Other groups, like Iraqis, have been grass-eaters a lot longer.  Is that part of the problem with American Indian civilization?  Did they simply not have enough meat to eat?  Did that incline them towards violent religion and cannibalism.  Something new to think about.  Anyhow, Matt's right.  More hamburger, less lettuce.  The Hank Hill diet.


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  2. The Indo-Aryan, the Semitic, and some of the Bantu and Nilotic speaking people are "mutants" who produce lactase after age five. As a result we can drink milk as adults. The Alto Uralic speakers learned how to ferment milk to make yogurt and kumiss, and thus get rid of enough lactose to reduce problems caused by lactose intolerance. From the Irish Tain Bo Culainge to the Hindu proscription of eating beef, we see how this created a cowboy tradition across the world. As an aside translate Bouvier to colloquial English. Kennedy fans will find the experience mooving (deliberate).