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Dining with Religion - Pork?
Year: 2011
Run-Time: 1 x 45 min.

Directed by Ursula Merzeder and Christian Kugler

Posch TV for ORF

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9

Dining with Religion - Pork?

Armes Schwein - Heiß geliebt, wild umstritten

The pig- good luck charm, tasty treat, insult and taboo food. Be it at Easter or around the turn of the year, the Christian cultural sphere has no problem with pigs- on the contrary. Apart from the occasional exception such as "dumb" or "dirty", the pig, which is the major dietary source of animal protein and not just in Europe, enjoys extremely positive connotations: as a good luck charm at New Year or as a sweet piglet in advertising. In Judaism and above all Islam pigs and their flesh are considered to be abhorrent and impure, damaging to a personīs body and soul. The pig is not "kosher" to the Jews and even less "halal" for Muslims. What lies behind this striking discrepancy? The documentary on the subject of the "Poor Pig" covers alot of ground, from the massacre of those pigs that serve as a means of subsistence for Coptic Christians on the streets of Cairo, and European slaughterhouses, beer tents and churches, to high-end kosher restaurants...
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