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Along the Northern River in Belize, Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

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Marvellous photo. I love any sort of heron, they have such character.

I've wondered about why herons where forbidden food.
ancient scrolls thousands of years old said they could not be eaten buy law from god. Jews and Christians both have this written law that they, (The Heron) cannot be used for food or even eating crops grown from where the dead heron lay is forbidden. Its even in the modern christian Bible,Leviticus if i remember correct.I also wonder if the Muslim have such a law, its probable.
I wonder what is so fearful about them.

In the Jewish tradition there doesn't seem to be any principle by which one could distinguish birds which can and cannot be eaten; herons were also forbidden in ancient India if I rmember rightly. I wonder if there might have been thought to be something impure about waterfowl, or at least carnivorous waterfowl (ducks and geese always seem to have been all right). Herons weren't eaten in ancient Greece either for some reason. They were certainly a highly valued food medieval England though, one could expect to find herons alongside the swans at a banquet! Doubtless elswhere in Europe too.

Хороший кадр. Она за кем-то охотится? :-)

sorry about the bad translation.
Я хотел бы знать о том, почему цапли, где запрещены продукты питания.
древние свитки тысячи лет заявили, что они не могут купить права есть от Бога. Евреи и христиане имеют этого закона написано, что они (в Герона) не могут быть использованы для производства продуктов питания или питания сельскохозяйственных культур, выращенных из мертвых, где цапля заложить запрещено. Его даже в современной христианской Библии, Левит, если я помню correct.I также удивляться, если мусульманский иметь такой закон, его вероятной.
Интересно то, что так боятся о них.

my favorite birds

Edited at 2008-12-28 02:01 pm (UTC)

Close encounter of the third type:)

him or Me :-)
He wonders if I'm phoning home with this big black machine.

Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. Herons are my very favorite birds. Interesting question you raise about biblical references to the sacredness of the heron, please post if you find out anymore about this!

Some basic concepts cannot always be translated exactly from one language to another.
English writing of ancient Hebrew and Greek translated has a lot of problems. In Judaism it is third book of the Torah which are the five books of Moses.
But, It is my belief that it was a health warning from the Essenes, (an ancient order of Jew) Probably the authors of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls You can read it in King James Version of Bible a list of 20 or so birds that are taboo.
Leviticus 11. 13-19
Leviticus 11:13-19 (New International Version)

13 " 'These are the birds you are to detest and not eat because they are detestable: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. [a]

Bat is a hairy bird if you don't have taxonomy :-)

I just read more
apparently the Muslim have the identical list ..even the bat.
as i understand it Jews , Muslim and Christians have the same basic source of their laws.
Muslims believe the Qur'an to be the direct words of Allah, as revealed to and transmitted by the Prophet Muhammad. All sources of Islamic law must be in essential agreement with the Qur'an.
so all seem to agree God said it.
but Why and what about these particular birds?
I think IMHO that its diet of the animal. Some nasty habits that would transfer disease to those eating them.
Just god old fashioned Health tips made into law.

As a Jew, I know that most of our dietary laws have to do with what the creature in question eats. If its diet is considered to be unclean (e.g., bottom feeders), then it is considered "detestable."

Hea , That makes sense to me. remember the old saying from the 60's 'you are what you eat'.

I think it still holds true. :)

This got me searching and it seems to be all of Egyptian origin. Google is an amazing thing.
I read 'Moses the Egyptian' Wow what a read, I never really thought of Moses as an Egyptian, just as a Hebrew.
What an interesting twist.
these laws seem to have come from Egyptian thinking.

Very interesting! Where did you find "Moses the Egyptian"?

Amazon.com by Jan Assmane
Quite a bit different than
Cecil B. DeMille's version.

gorgeous bird! you really take good photos and are so lucky to be at a place where these fantastic birds occur.

happy new year!

Thank you
its so much fun to just walk outside and get nice shots. thanks , have a good new years.

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