Professor Ann Yong-geun on Western Prejudice Against Dog Meat
Professor Ann Yong-geun, faculty member in the Department of Food and Nutrition at Chung Cheong College and president of The Korean Society of Food and Nutrition, has an article in Tuesday's Korea Herald responding to a column written by Stephen Bant, a Western expat living in Korea who argues against the consumption of dog meat.
Professor Ann, who has previously "written six theses, two books and one comic book related to dog meat," counters that "It is a part of Korea's culture." He characterizes "criticism of Korea's long tradition of eating dog meat" as "absurd" and concludes his fascinating list of ten ridiculous Western beliefs about dogs by offering an unnumbered eleventh point, his revelation of the real, fundamental cultural reason that Westerners are prejudiced against eating dog meat:
The reason Westerners do not [eat] dog meat is not because they love dogs, but because eating dog meat is forbidden in the Bible.Professor Ann Yong-geun demonstrates unusual hermeneutic skill in revealing the underlying reason why Westerners don't eat dog meat. He really ought to write up an entire article providing complete scriptural quotes with his expert exegesis and publish it in a scholarly journal on scriptural interpretation.
The Middle East, where the events of the Bible take place, is largely desert. Corpses buried in the sand in the region were easily uncovered by the wind, exposing them for dogs to eat. Hence, eating dog is forbidden, as dogs are considered filthy and wicked animals.
According to Hosea chapter 13, First Kings chapter 14, 16, Second Kings chapter 9, and Jeremiah chapter 15, dogs eat humans. According to First Kings chapter 21, 22, the St. Luke chapter 16 dogs lick human blood. According to the Book of Exodus chapter 22, dead animals are to be fed to dogs. According to the Epistle of St. Paul chapter 3, the Book of Psalms chapter 22, and the Book of the Apocalypse of St. John chapter 22, dogs are as wicked as wicked men.
According to Leviticus chapter 11, eating dog is forbidden, as a dog is a wicked being.
According to the sayings of the Lord, man becomes as filthy and wicked as a dog if man treats it as a human-being.
I'd do so myself, but he has precedence on this issue. I might, however, employ a similar hermeneutic to explain why Westerners don't eat pig meat, and I feel confident that Professor Ann won't mind if I borrow his wording above to offer a parallel cultural argument on this other Western culinary prejudice:
The reason Westerners do not eat pig meat is not because they love pigs, but because eating pig meat is forbidden in the Bible.I can hardly wait to work this interpretation into a longer article and submit it for publication in a reputable journal! I feel confident that I can show definitively why Westerners don't eat pig meat. It's against the Bible!
The Middle East, where the events of the Bible take place, is largely desert. Corpses buried in the sand in the region were easily uncovered by the wind, exposing them for pigs to eat. Hence, eating pig is forbidden, as pigs are considered filthy and wicked animals.
According to Leviticus 11:7 and Deuteronomy 14:8, pig meat is unclean. According to Isaiah 65:4 and 66:17, eating pig meat is an abomination.
Proverbs 11:22 compares a pig to a loose woman.
Isaiah 66:3 warns against offering pig blood as a sacrifice to the Lord.
Matthew 7:6 warns of the ingratitude of pigs.
Matthew 8, Mark 5, and Luke 8 all tell a story of pigs possessed by demons.
Luke 15 tells the story of a man who descended even below the level of pigs.
According to the sayings of the Lord, man becomes as filthy and wicked as a pig if man treats it as a human-being.
Concerning such a culinary prejudice, I'll have to deal with Mark 7:19 and Acts 10:9-16, but based on what I've already learned from Professor Ann Yong-geun, I feel certain that I have acquired sufficient hermeneutic skills to do so.
At any rate, I believe that I've adequately demonstrated that Westerners don't eat pig meat for the same reason that they don't eat dog meat, i.e., scripture forbids it!
These two related prejudices no doubt also explain the origin of that typical German term of abuse: "Schweinhund!"