Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches – The Riddles of Culture by Marvin Harris is a book that delights in finding answers to some of our perplexing behavioural idiosyncraries. Marvin investigates conundrums such as why Hindus won’t eat cows despite persistant food shortages, why Jews and Muslims won’t eat pig as well as why post-medieval people believe in witches and where did the broomstick analogy come from. These topics are all explored satisfactorily and with marvelous conclusions and yet Marvin also includes chapters that examine the roots of inequality between males and females, the history and psychology behind status seekers and the dire effects of phantom cargo. And if that wasn’t enough, Marvin also provides us with a realistic and non-sugared view of Jesus and the conditions that led to the rise in christianity. What can I say, I loved this book! Its varied, interesting, full of psychological insight, human madness and intelligence. Chapters are short and I read it at breakneck speed and have it catalogued as one of my all time favourite books! Truth, reflection and causality – if you know of any other book like this – PLEASE recommend it in the comments below. If you haven’t read it yet, enjoy! it’s a real treat!
After this i read this http://www.lookingforsomethingtoread.com/original-wisdom/
Love your recommendations! Keep ’em coming!!