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EATING TECHNOLOGY
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The entire world is divided into three parts as finger-feeders, fork-feeders and chopstick feeders. There is no clear answer to why world people are in these categories. Still each group of people thinks their style of eating is better than others. The writer says fingers –feeders are normally found in Africa, the Middle East, Indonesia and the Indian subcontinent. Similarly majority of fork feeders are found in Europe and North America, and the chopstick-feeders are found in the most of eastern Asia. At the beginning there were only fingers-feeders and fork feeders chopstick- feeders came later to eat hot food, items comfortably. The writer says Chinese started to use chopsticks from 1200 BC. Fork- also appeared in western culture many years later. At first western high class and rich people could have meal with forks? Some reputed person like Queen Elizabeth I, Louis XIV used fingers not forks. In the name of discipline and responsibility British heavy sailors were not allowed to use forks, Knives, etc. up to 1897. When western ruling power collapsed. People started to eat with fingers but in public gatherings and meeting with reputed people they use a forks as well finger-feeding system revived after the end of western imperialism. The fork became status marker because it used to give different identity to them. In this chapter the writer has presented different researches of different people and general division of people on the basis of having food. Among the categories they do have their histories, evolution and present status. Now there seem some mixed categories of people who use more than one style according to the changeable situations. Even then every category of people has their own ethics, cultural values, history and traditions along with the advantages.
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