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Old 2007-07-23, 11:18   Link #199
TinyRedLeaf
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Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Singapore
Age: 43
Dog meat is supposed to be "energising" and good for building health and strength. Unless you're familiar with the Chinese concept of yin/yang as applied to human physiology and food, you wouldn't understand why some (but not all!) Chinese eat dogs.

(Seriously, more Chinese today see dogs as pets, rather than food. There is an urban myth which says that dogs can smell people who've eaten dog meat before, and scamper away when they smell such people coming. More creepily, you're supposed to be more likely to see ghosts after eating dog meat...)

Back on topic, I'd also be very curious to know if Japanese have similar traditions to dog meat. My guess? Probably not. I get the impression that back in the old days, eating any kind of meat (other than fish and game) is an extreme luxury that only the rich could afford.
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