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June 5, 2020, 9:06 am UTC    
February 05, 2020 06:40AM
The following quote from Plutarch Moralia (refer: [penelope.uchicago.edu]) details the Egyptian priests dislike of onions.
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Nothing that is irrational or fabulous or prompted by superstition, as some believe, has ever been given a place in their rites, but in them are some things that have moral and practical values, and others that are not without their share in the refinements of history or natural science, as, for example, that which has to do with the onion. FFor the tale that Dictys, the nurseling of Isis, in reaching for a clump of onions, fell into the river and was drowned is extremely incredible. But the priests keep themselves clear of the onion and detest it and are careful to avoid it, because it is the only plant that naturally thrives and flourishes in the waning of the moon. It is suitable for neither fasting nor festival, because in the one case it causes thirst and in the other tears for those who partake of it.

How reliable is Plutarch in this regard? Are there any other references of the Egyptian priests view of onions which corroborate Plutarch?

Thanks,
Brendan
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Egyptian view of Onions

engbren February 05, 2020 06:40AM

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Hermione February 05, 2020 01:21PM

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engbren February 06, 2020 03:53AM

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Byrd February 07, 2020 09:52PM

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Warwick L Nixon February 10, 2020 01:22PM

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KatDawg February 10, 2020 07:09PM

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Warwick L Nixon February 10, 2020 11:54PM

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engbren February 11, 2020 07:47AM

FWIW

Warwick L Nixon February 12, 2020 01:44PM

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Hans February 12, 2020 02:19PM

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Warwick L Nixon February 13, 2020 12:01PM

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Hans February 13, 2020 12:43PM

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Warwick L Nixon February 13, 2020 01:56PM



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