I have been thinking lately about a couple of old myths. Perhaps you will find these ideas interesting in the context of the raw foods movement.
The first is the Greek myth of Pandora and Prometheus. Prometheus (a non-human Titan) stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. As a punishment the gods gave man (Pandora, a woman), a giftbox containing all sorts of diseases and afflictions. I find the direct link between man getting fire and man getting disease very interesting.
The other myth that I have been thinking about is the story of Adam and Eve. If you remember, they were thrown out of Eden because they ate of the forbidden fruit of a tree (knowledge). Once out of the Garden they were beset by a host of unpleasant ills: work, clothes, old age and disease.
If you read between the lines a bit and take fire as the fruit of a tree (you need wood to have fire), and that they ate of this forbidden fruit, i.e. cooked food, then this myth also relates fire and cooking to disease and hardship for mankind.
In both cases woman was closely connected with the connection of man getting fire. Perhaps it was a woman who first got the idea to cook things? We still connect women with cooking to this day.
What do you think? Pretty interesting.
Yours in health,
I'm going to post this, with the full realization of the Political Incorrectness contained within. I hope you're ready to deal with all the feedback, flames and comments you're going to get about this one!