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Who were the Guarani? South American history

By |2018-04-25T23:01:01+00:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|

Guarani people performing a dance in the 1800s When the first Tupi people expanded their territory from Central America to reach the coast of Brazil about 900 BC, some of them kept on moving south along the Atlantic coast. About a thousand years later, maybe about 1 AD, some of those Tupi people moved inland. They abandoned [...]

Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah – Jewish holidays

By |2017-08-25T11:57:45+00:00August 25th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|

Apples For thousands of years, the Jews celebrated their New Year around the beginning of spring, just like everybody else in West Asia. Passover was probably port of this old New Year celebration. Sometime before 100 AD, though, the Jews split off from this ancient tradition and began to celebrate a different new year, the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, [...]

Native American food – North America – pemmican and succotash

By |2018-04-24T09:40:41+00:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Native American food: Inuit carving of a sea lion Hunting and gathering wild food Early on, until about 2000 BC, people in North America ate only wild foods that they could hunt or gather. Salmon, wapato, pine nuts and acorn flour These foods varied according to the environment where each group of people lived. Inuit people, who lived in the far north along [...]

Ancient Greek food – History of Food – Ancient Greece

By |2018-04-22T18:46:32+00:00July 6th, 2017|Food, Greeks|

Ancient Greek food - Platter with fish (Metropolitan Museum of Art) Sacrifice and Greek food Food, for people in Ancient Greece, was what separated people from animals, and from the gods. Gods didn't need to eat, and people did. Animals ate their food raw, but people cooked their food and were civilized. Civilized [...]

From honey to sugar – History of Honey

By |2017-06-22T13:03:48+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Beehives in Europe, about 1400 AD All through antiquity, honey kept on being very important as a sweetener, a preservative, and a medicine throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia. Wax was used for candles and to seal things. But by around 350 AD, Indian scientists figured out how to make cane sugar into lump [...]

Honey spreads around the world – Bee keeping

By |2018-12-10T17:04:43+00:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|

Bee-keeping reaches West Asia: a wax writing tablet from Uluburun shipwreck off the coast of modern Turkey (1300 BC) Bee-keeping reaches the Eastern Mediterranean By 2400 BC, people were keeping bees in hives in Egypt, but nobody was keeping bees anywhere else in the world. Bee-keeping took thousands of years to spread around [...]

Ancient Egyptian Food – Eating and drinking in ancient Egypt

By |2018-12-11T11:39:20+00:00June 14th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Food|

Ancient Egyptian food: Actual bread from Egypt's New Kingdom (Vatican Museum, Rome) Ancient Egyptian food: from both Africa and West Asia Because Egypt is in Africa, but very close to West Asia, what people ate in ancient Egypt was midway between African and West Asian food. Wheat, barley, and olive oil all originally came [...]

Gathering wild foods – History of Food

By |2018-04-19T10:29:26+00:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|

Gathering food: A Roman painting of figs in a basket Gathering means collecting plants that grow wild for food. Early humans gathered all of their food from the land around them. At first, when all people were still in Africa, they mostly gathered figs, just as chimpanzees do. Then they added shellfish - [...]

Food in ancient China – rice and tea

By |2018-05-27T14:21:06+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, Food|

Chinese food Chinese food: rice When you think of Chinese food you think of rice, and rice was the first grain that people farmed in China. There is archaeological evidence of rice farming along the Yang-tse River by about 6000 BC. (Read more about the history of rice) People cooked rice by boiling [...]