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The Pig: In Poetic, Mythological, and Moral-Historical Perspective by Oskar Panizza https://www.amazon.com/Pig-Poetic-Mythological-Moral-Historical-Perspective/dp/1939663156


"The Pig is the Sun...." So begins Oskar Panizza’s outrageously heretical and massively erudite essay on the pig, originally published in 1900 in his journal Zurich Discussions. Moving from the Rig Veda to the Edda to Ovid, from the story of Tristan and Isolde to Nordic celebrations of Christmas, from Grimms’ fairytales to Swedish folklore to Judeo-Egyptian dietary restrictions, the author contends, through painstakingly philological argumentation, that the miraculous swine occupies a central, celestial position as the life-giving force animating the entire universe, usurping the place of God as the beginning and end of all things.

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