Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pozole Day

Last Sunday:

Honey, what is this?

“Pozole.”

Yeah, but what is it?

“Since maize was a sacred plant for the Aztecs and other inhabitants of Mesoamerica, pozole was made to be consumed on special occasions.”

Oh!

“The conjunction of maize (usually whole hominy kernels) and meat in a single dish is of particular interest to scholars because the ancient Mexicans believed the gods made humans out of masa (cornmeal dough).”

Huh?

“According to research by the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, on these special occasions, the meat used in the pozole was human.”

Say what?

“After the prisoners were killed by having their hearts torn out in a ritual sacrifice, the rest of the body was chopped and cooked with maize. The meal was shared among the whole community as an act of religious communion.”

What the...?

“After the Conquest, when cannibalism was banned, pork became the staple meat as it “tasted very similar”, according to a Spanish priest.”

Similar? Okay, what kind of meat is in this?

“Chicken.”

Oh, okay.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pozole

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