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Clay-Eating (Geophagy) in the 19th Century

“Dirt is matter out-of-place.”  This quote, by the anthropologist Mary Douglas, points to the cultural relativity of the term ‘dirt’; of dirt being culturally defined.   It is in reference to diseases that ‘dirt’ takes on a non-culturally and more universally … Continue reading

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Clay-Eating (Geophagy) in the 19th Century

  Scientific American has recently published the podcast Let Them Eat Dirt  .  Here is a post I put up a while back, on dirt and geophagy. “Dirt is matter out-of-place.”  This quote, by the anthropologist Mary Douglas, points to the … Continue reading

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