Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mythical Food Story...!

Here is a real food that has a rather mythical origin attached to it.

This story sort of reminds me of the story of the "manna from Heaven" mentioned in the bible. Who know...maybe they are kin in some way! You just never know!

Mandioca



The mandioca is a staple of the South American diet. It’s a starchy, tuberous root with a surprising number of uses. Some might say this versatile and important food was a gift from the gods, and it has a mythical origin story.

The daughter of a local chief mysteriously became pregnant, which brought shame on her father and home. She swore she’d never been with a man, but she was still banished from the village and forced to live in isolation. When villagers later brought her food, they were shocked to see that she’d given birth to a baby girl (named Mani) with skin as white as the moon. When news of the miraculous child spread, the chief’s daughter and child were welcomed back to the village and showered with love.

Unexpectedly, Mani died on her first birthday, and a new type of plant sprouted on her grave. Although hesitant at first, the villagers eventually pulled up the root, split it open, and found the insides were the same color as Mani’s skin. They peeled and cooked the plant (which they found delicious) and named it mandioca in the child’s honor.

Don't you find it a little strange that stories like this involving real food seem to be present in all cultures? Kinda makes you wonder if there is some "divine intervention" at work here! Sure does seem like it to me!

Better have our coffee in the kitchen again this morning. How about some heavenly Cinnamon rolls on the side?

11 comments:

Glan Deas said...

Wow!!! I like your blog. It is something different than other.

Regards,
Kopi Luwak

HermitJim said...

Hey Glan Deas...
Glad you like it. Good to see you again!

Thanks for coming over!

Chickenmom said...

Never heard of that one, Mr. Hermit! You always come up with a good one for us. Cinnamon rolls? Save me two!

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Always like to find something different!

I'll save ya some hot ones!

Thanks for coming over today!

Sunnybrook Farm said...

But where did all of the weeds come from?
On my second cup already.

linda m said...

That is a good one. I do believe in Divine Intervention and that God will take care of His people. Look at the number of people that have been found alive after extended periods of time being buried after an earthquake. Coffee inside and Cinnamon rolls sound good to me. Have a good day.

Sixbears said...

"Tell me again grandpa of the origin of the Big Mac."

Our stories are not going to be anywhere near as cool.

Thanks Hermit!

Going to be a good day for coffee on the deck.

JO said...

Fascinating store. Thank You for bringing it to us.

Coffee in the kitchen is nice. This rain is starting to make people, me included cranky.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sunnybrook...
Guess there is some kind of use for them somewhere!

Thanks for the visit today!



Hey Linda...
Sometimes there are way more mysteries than answers.

Many thanks for dropping by today!



Hey Sixbears...
Our future myths won't be near as colorful, I'm thinking!

Thanks for coming over!



Hey Jo...
Certainly has been some crazy weather all over!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by this morning!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Did you ever see (or smell) skunk cabage? That is what will probably grow on my grave.

HermitJim said...

Hey Dizzy...
I don't think I want to know what's going to be on mine!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by this morning!