lunes, 20 de diciembre de 2010


A. Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering an innocent man or woman.

B. The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian describes the festival’s observance in his time. He mentions consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).

C. In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.

D. The Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.

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lunes, 13 de diciembre de 2010

Tikka Masala

” Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Chicken Tikka is an Indian dish. The Massala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy. ”
- Extract from a speech by British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook

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