Time and Temporality

A letter from the Bodewryd Archive. From Thomas Croft, cider merchant, to Doctor Wynn Chancellor, of the Bodewryd Estate Anglesey, 1745. Reproduced with kind permission from the National Library of Wales (www.llgc.org.uk)

Cider, the golden global glug.

Ethnographic research with craft cider-makers suggests that part of the authenticity of a craft cider derives from its staying true to the traditions of cider, as opposed to a “commercial cider”, a category often used by craft cider makers to distinguish their brew from those of lesser provenance. While I have discussed ambiguities in the […]

Page from the Florentine Codex Book 1 (a 16th century text co-produced by Spanish friar Bernardino de Sahagún and numerous indigenous writers), showing one of the Aztec divinities associated with pulque, a maguey plant, and a foaming jar of pulque. Image from the excellent, informative Mexicolore website. http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/ask-us/origin-of-pulque

The Story of Pulque, Part 1

In the 17th century, the Mexican historian Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl recorded a pre-Columbian legend about the origins of pulque. According to Ixtlilxochitl’s version, a noble maiden named Xochitl presented the 8th Toltec king – Tecpancaltzin – with a gift of pulque, a fermented alcoholic drink with a foamy, milky-white appearance. Xochitl’s father had learned […]

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