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The art of interrupting cereals
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:29:25 pm »
Reproduced from an undated publication in french  ( according to bibliography must be mid 70's) and signed by a foremost scholar and specialist of China History and Chinese thought, in respect of  the art of interrupting cereals in one's diet according to  the Taoist tradition /religion.

" From the earliest date , the abstinence of cereals denounces the Lao Zi disciple"
"The Shi Ji pretends that Zhang Liang, after having largely contributed to install the Han dinasty  on the throne , has abandoned the society of humain beings in order to initiate himself to the art of interrupting cereals and practice daoyin gym."

" The abstinence from cereal products persisted throughout the history of taoïsm. It was never excluded from any current, even the ones most influenced by Buddhism"

" The refusal to ingest cereals, even when it does not translate anymore in any effective practice, will nonetheless remain in the hagiography of the patron saints of the various currents, as the hall mark of entry into Taoism"

But wait, there is even better  ( so much for our  cooked paleodiet  friends  !!)

" By refusing cereals, Lao Zi followers were actually condemning a certain use of cooking"
"The cooking of meat and cereal culture both put an end to raw eating , in the same way as culture is only made possible thru fire"
" The Liji mentions indifferently the tribes who eat food without cooking and those who eat food without cereals" 
" Bu huo  (litteraly "un fired"  ) has the same adverbial value as Bu Li (litteraly "without grain") . The two expressions are equivalent . They both indicate modes of eating raw ".
"Wang Chong compares the greenness of his youth to raw meat and raw fish, while old age evokes cooked or grilled meat, which cannot be brought to its original state. Senescence, like cooking, corrupts the flesh."
" Dried meat is a choice  food  of the Taoist anchorite, and the health of the disciple is displayed in his  carnivorous appetite "   

If you add to this, the fact that buffalo / cow's milk was (and remains for the largest part) entirely  foreign to Chinese culture........

Having researched the history of raw dieting for a  number of years (exclusively in the western part of the world though.....) , I must say I'm quite astonished to realize that the links between taoïsm and the main tenets of raw paleo diets  remain untold or unheard of.

Or is your reading experience any different on this particular topic ?



 
 
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Re: The art of interrupting cereals
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 01:13:21 am »
Interesting tidbit. Thanks for the contribution.
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Re: The art of interrupting cereals
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 07:06:52 am »
What is really  hard to realize  is  that our  ultimate dietary  theory  boils down to  sharing the same  convictions (with stronger arguments I admit !) as  a handful of chinese tribes who lived centuries before Christ.

Some of you will object to this by saying " So what ?"  'It has to be this way"

Still ........ It is just  amazing.

So we are left stranded on the shores of modern civilization with   a western science   who deliberately refuses to address the topic  of human diet and health  on the premises of some  age old Tradition ...

Hum ...... I understand why UNESCO has , for the past decades, made these two words ("Science" and "Tradition"), the backbone of most of its life  science programmes.
 


 
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Re: The art of interrupting cereals
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2013, 11:58:46 am »
thanks for sharing! do you have a link to the original text?