Tuesday Trivia: Part Zeus

I’ve been listening to a lot of Philip Glass* lately, which has left me in sort of a weird, meditative mood.  So I’m working my way through some spreadsheets this afternoon, musing contentedly on Tuesday Trivia, and thinking to myself: There ought to be some sort of rhyme or reason or overarching theme each week.  We can’t just be themeless all the time.

Not that there’s anything wrong with being freeform and fancy-free, but — and if you’ll listen to some Philip Glass, dammit (and, yes, that’s some Candyman you’ll here in there, you bright frightening little thing you) — you’ll see where I got this idea of consistency and repeating themes and undulating waves and peaceful repetition and repeating themes and…  Sorry.

Anyway.

Today’s Tuesday Trivia has a theme.  And that theme is Food in Mythology.  I hope you’ll enjoy it.

  1. According to Greek legend, eating or even smelling too much of this herb will cause scorpions to breed inside your brain.
  2. The dark red color of these berries was once said to be the result of two star-crossed lovers — not Romeo and Juliet — taking their lives underneath a tree, where their comingled blood forever changed the color of the tree’s berries.
  3. Christian mythology holds than as Satan left the Garden of Eden, this plant grew from his left footprint while an onion grew from his right.
  4. This fruit was of great importance in Norse mythology, denoting fertility and being found in Viking Age burial sites and graves throughout Northern Europe.
  5. This highly-controversial symbol is commonly found on Chinese food packaging, indicating that the food is vegetarian and therefore edible for Buddhists.
  6. BONUS:  According to Incan mythology, the goddess Kuka Mama was a promiscuous woman who was cut into pieces by her many lovers, and out of her ravaged body grew this tree and its food of the gods.

That’s it, folks.  Good luck and I’ll see you back here on Thursday!

*There will be no arguments about Philip Glass needing to stick with commercial music or movie scores, no arguments about his much-maligned cello concertos, no arguments along the lines of “well, people thought Stravinsky was a godless heathen of a butcher when he first premiered The Rite of Spring…” and drawing comparions between Stravinsky and Glass (and certainly no arguments comparing Glass to Jonathan Bepler because, COME ON, Bepler is most likely crazier than a shit-house rat), no arguments about whether or not Philip Glass should even be considered a “classical” composer…because?  I don’t care.  This is a food blog.  Oy.  Vey.

10 responses to “Tuesday Trivia: Part Zeus

  1. 1. basil
    2. mulberry
    3. garlic
    4. pinecone
    5. manji (swastika)
    6. coca plant

  2. i’m too dumb to participate in tuesday trivia, but my favorite philip glass album is the “la bete et la belle” opera. pure f-ing genius.

  3. OK, i tried to match mental skills with you for a while, but todays trivia questions…… well, you’ve just gone medieval on my a**

  4. Followed your link to Texasburgerguy, and no posts since January 2008…His stuff was good, is he off-line?

  5. Okay, I think I know 1 (basil), 2 (mulberry) and 5(the swastika, which has origins in ancient Indian Sanskrit and I think the Chinese called it “Wan”).
    Okay, so Ahknattan was a complete dud, but I’ve seen Phillip Glass many times and the live accompaniament to Koyannisqatsi is tremendous.

  6. Hi All,

    1. Basil
    2. Mulberry (Death of Pyramus and Thisbe. Tragic story).
    3. Garlic
    4. Apple
    5. Manji (Buddhist Swastika. Although it is now almost universally reversed and faces left, not right)
    6. Coca Plant

    Have a great day everyone. 🙂

  7. healthyhoustonfoodie

    I had to listen to Phillip Glass for my music history classes. Am I exempt now? (Never mind that I do like Glass’ music.)
    Anyway:
    1. Basil, which is funny, since African legends state basil protects against scorpions.
    2. Mulberry (mulled berry).
    3. Garlic. Figures.
    4. Matt thinks it’s mistletoe, but you can’t eat mistletoe berries. The Norse gods had to eat apples to survive, so apples. (He should know this; his family is Norwegian.)
    5. The Buddhist “swastika”, which is on a 90 degree angle, NOT the 45 degree angle the Nazis insisted on using. Ruined it for the rest of the peace-loving religions.
    6. Mama Kuka?! Sounds an awful lot like coca.

  8. 1. Basil. This is really different from the Indian legends where we worship Basil (holy basil – Tulsi) and it forms the center of most households and temples. Houston’s Meenakshi Temple in Pearland has a tulsi mandap (worship place)!

    2. Mulberry

    3. Garlic

    4. Apples

    5. Swastika or the Manji

    6. Coco plant ofcourse

  9. Texasburgerguy rocked – check out link to his appearance on FoodTV at Bubba’s Texas Burger Shack!

  10. I don’t know ANY of these except for the last one, which is COCOA or chocolate or xocolatl. There seems to be concensus on the rest – how do you all know these things?

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