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hen history!

Discussion in 'Games, Jokes, and Fun!' started by Ballerina Bird, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was't sure where to post this, but it was so cute I had to share. This is from a 1601 English translation of the classical Latin author Pliny the Elder's treatise on natural history:

    THE HENS of countrey houses have a certaine ceremonious religion. When they have laid an egge, they fall a trembling and quaking, and all to shake themselves. They turne about also, as in procession, to be purified, and with some festive or such-like thing, they keepe a ceremonie of hallowing, as well themselves as their egs.

    I love the idea that the egg song and other post-egg craziness can be a "ceremony of hallowing" for themselves and their eggs.
     
  2. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is so great!
     
  3. Ballerina Bird

    Ballerina Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought so, too! I really love the thought that even hundreds of years ago people responded to the cute antics of chickens like we do now.
     

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