HOSPITALITY MEAL FELLOWSHIP WITH THE MESSIAH Len Bartlotti OCC 11 Dec 2011
FOOD & CULTURE • Food & Eating in the Bible • Food & Ethnicity • Food & Ritual • Food & Feasting • Strange Foods • History of Food & Spices • Tradition & Diffusion of Foodways • Identity, Continuity & Change • Food & the Social Order • The Politics & Regionalization of Food
? Favorite Junk Food? ? Favorite Food/Meal when I was a kid? ? Strangest Food I have ever eaten?
FROGS: An International Delight
In Europe and North America, frogs are farmed • In Asia, Africa, Latin America, frogs are caught in watery woods, swamps, and rice fields • Villagers catch the creatures with sharpened sticks, nets, or their own hands by stunning them with a flashlight • They are kept alive, until the next day when they are gutted and washed • They are sold in open markets, alive FROGS:
Frogs are prepared for cooking when they are skinned, and cut off at the hips so the legs are in pairs • The feet are removed, and soaked in water that is changed every 3-4 hours FROGS:
U R I N E IT’S WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST
Urine Therapy • Most common in India and China • A Chinese news source reported that over three million Chinese people drink their urine for health reasons.
Urine Therapy and Hinduism • It is said to have been in use in India for more than 5,000 years. It is associated with the Yoga and Tantric traditions of Hinduism.
Urine Therapy in History • The ancient Gauls gargled urine to whiten their teeth, while the Aztecs drank it to get rid of stomach aches.
Who Eats Monkey Brains? China/Taiwan Hong Kong Vietnam Cambodia Indonesia Japan Thailand India Africa Gabon Cameroon Middle East South American Jungles Chimpanzees
History of Monkey Brains Manchu Han • Imperial Feast • Beijing/Qing Dynasty Anyang Tribe • Cameroon • New Tribal Chief ate the brain • Senior member ate the heart
Why Do They Eat Monkey Brains? Cures male impotence Delicacy “Brain” food (intelligence) Risks: High-fat Fatal Spongiform Encephalopathies Mad Cow disease in cattle Illegal/moral issues
How Do You Eat Monkey Brains? Live Special table Rice wine Immobilize monkeys Knife Monkey Brain Stew Monkey is burned Chopped up in a soup Spices (Tailored to Ethnicity) Ginger Chili Peanuts Coriander
Recipe for Live Monkey Brain Step 1: Take one living monkey. Step 2: Strap beneath special table with hole in center. Step 3: Bop monkey on the head, scoop and serve. Eat the live monkey brain while it is still warm, blood vessels pulsating, before the neurons die Tastes Like… Watery tofu Pork Liver
Hospitality • Reveals the Character of Host • Good and Generous: “The Lord God made all kinds of trees…pleasing to the eye and good for food…You are free to eat from any tree in the garden…” (Gen 2:9,16) • “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…my cup overflows” (Ps 23:5).
Hospitality • “Let it be an onion, but let it be with love.”-Afghan proverb
Hospitality • Establishes Relationship between Host & Guest • “If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me” (Rev 3:20)
Hospitality 3. Sign of the Kingdom • A Divine Invitation “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests…’Come, for everything is now ready.’” (Luke 14:15-24)
Hospitality 3. Sign of the Kingdom • An Open Invitation to All And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, "When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. 13. "But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind…” (Lk 14:12-13).
Hospitality “For the sake of friendship even a Hindu will eat meat.” -Afghan proverb
Hospitality 4. A Promise of Life • Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst…(John 6:35) • "I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” (John 6:51)
Hospitality 5. A Foretaste of Heaven • Then he *said to me, "Write, `Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' " (Rev 19:9)
A Divine Invitation You have been invited to meet The Friend. No one can resist a Divine Invitation. That narrows down all our choices To just two: We can come to God Dressed for Dancing, Or Be carried on a stretcher To God’s Ward. (Hafiz, 1320-1389)