Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I recently remembered a person from a workshop on campus at Georgia Tech. He was very good at fabricating metal components useful in our projects. Big guy. He used to have a pencil-thick scar across the width of his neck. He told me he got it in a knife fight in a bar. I always half believed him. He had a hobby. He used to collect statues and things shaped like hogs and pigs. It was quite a fantastic collection. Piggy banks. Mugs shaped like a hog. Metal statues. Wild Georgia hogs. Bristly, large with huge canines.
The reason I remembered him was I recently bought a little “Lucky three legged Pig”. Made from terracotta ( “Mud”). Cute as hell. From Chile. "Chanchito".
As large and old as India is, I have never come across anything that depicts pigs as lucky or cute and lovable. One avatar of Vishnu is the “Varaha”. A wild boar. Ferocious and terrible. In general pigs are viewed as unclean animals, much like the middle east views them. Both Judaism and Islam prohibit followers from eating pork. I wonder what the Chinese think of them. They are an important part of their cuisine. Food for thought aye?
Homer Simpson on pigs:
Lisa: “I’m going to become a vegetarian”
Homer: “Does that mean you’re not going to eat any pork?”
L: “Yes Dad”
H: “ Ham?”
L: “Dad all those meats come from the same animal”
H: “Right Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal!”