Sunday, September 14, 2008

Jesus Likes Cuy

That little body on the center of the table is a roast guinea pig--"cuy" in the animal's native Andes. Jesus and friends are eating him at the Last Supper.
Isn't that sort of ...dear? As we know from the yard signs, Jesus does not discriminate. The book agrees: He'll eat anything.

Painting from the cathedral in Cuzco, Peru; photo by Andrew Moyer, 2006.

Roasted cuy are often served on a stick--like corn dogs and other popular foods at the State Fair here.
Which gets me thinking....


Rudyinparis said...

In college I had a number of friends who kept kosher and who were brought low by bacon. There's some comment to be made here about Jesus that is escaping me.

Similarly, Maggie has declared herself a vegetarian. Except when it comes to bacon.

Rudyinparis said...

Is guinea pig kosher? I'm guessing no.

fresca said...

OK, I looked it up, and while, as you know, guinea pigs are not forbidden becaues they're pigs (they're not pigs, they're more closely related to rabbits), they are not kosher because, I read "land animals need to have cloven hooves and chew a cud." So rabbits aren't kosher either.
Another site mentioned that they might be forbidden as "vermin" being rodents...

There is, you can imagine, a ton of discussion about Jesus and Jewish law.
Here's the quote I was thinking of about Jesus :

Christ shows that the defilement they ought to fear, was not from what entered their mouths as food, but from what came out of their mouths, which showed the wickedness of their hearts.

Matthew 15:19-21 "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.
These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashed hands defiles not a man.