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WHAT CAUSE THAT EARTHY SMELL AFTER THE RAIN?

    WHAT CAUSE THAT EARTHY SMELL AFTER THE RAIN? Rainy days are the favorite of many, especially when you can spend them at home in the warmth, perhaps with a cup of tea and cookies. And it is certainly one of the most pleasant things, that of listening to the rain pouring down from the window […]

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    DOLPHINS: THE “WOLVES” OF PREHISTORY

      DOLPHINS: THE “WOLVES” OF PREHISTORY Why do dolphins need to breathe? You will surely have asked yourself this when you studied and admired these splendid animals swimming in the waves as children; how come, although they possessed extraordinary aquatic abilities, they are forced from time to time to go up the ocean or the river […]

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      THE BEANS AND THEIR IMPURE ORIGIN

        THE BEANS AND THEIR IMPURE ORIGIN 8TH/8 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 […]

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        THE BEANS AND OTHER ROMAN RITUALS

          THE BEANS AND OTHER ROMAN RITUALS 7TH/8 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 […]

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          THE BEANS IN OLD RELIGION AND MYTHOLOGY

            THE BEANS IN OLD RELIGION AND MYTHOLOGY 6TH/8 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 […]

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            THE BEANS AND PYTHAGORAS: MYTHS AND LEGENDS

              THE BEANS AND PYTHAGORAS: MYTHS AND LEGENDS 5th/8 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 […]

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              THE BEANS: AN AMBIVALENT PLANT

                THE BEANS: AN AMBIVALENT PLANT PART 4/8 “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 […]

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                THE POTATOES: THE FOOD OF THE GODS

                  THE POTATOES: THE FOOD OF THE GODS 3rd /8 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 […]

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                  THE CARROT: THE CURSE OF PURPLE COLOR

                    THE CARROT: THE CURSE OF PURPLE COLOR PART 2/8 “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 […]

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                    THE BLACK LIST OF “FORBIDDEN” PLANTS IN ANTIQUITY

                      THE BLACK LIST OF “FORBIDDEN” PLANTS IN ANTIQUITY (PART 1/8) 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 , […]

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