Monday, April 30, 2018

What Water?

Daily Draw: Etruscan Tarot ~ Temperance

"I am receiving what I need." Minetti
This card has led me on a merry chase. I've read a lot of books set in ancient Egypt and the characters  seem to be predominately drinking beer, although water is sometimes featured in hanging jars.

I just finished a book set in the mid-1600s and the day started and ended with watered wine for all ages.
I make the simplified jump it was because water was contaminated everywhere near human habitation and fermentation served the purpose of purifying.
But villages often had wells.
Doesn't mean the water  was drinkable, right?
I'll ponder this today.

3 comments:

  1. I guess fermentation would purify the drink, and was much preferable to the well water. Something to think on. A whole population that was for all intents and purposes, half buzzed during their lives.

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  2. I think they must have sweat it out in Egypt. Beer was absolutely offered or sold everywhere. I think it was also calorie laden and a way to get calories for hardscrabble families?

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  3. I wonder if they had the over-indulgence problem we have here. Probably wasn't seen as sinful, so it wasn't a big deal perhaps?

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