[LMB] Religion and cultural drift

Sylvia McIvers sylviamcivers at gmail.com
Wed Feb 12 16:08:03 GMT 2020


On Tue, Feb 11, 2020 at 6:00 PM Matthew George <matt.msg at gmail.com> wrote:

> The repeated injunctions against mixing incompatible things - fabrics with
> two or more materials, growing two or more grains in the same field,  ...
>

Technical nitpick: There's no prohibition against mixing random fabrics.
Specifically, sheep-wool and flax-linen are forbidden. No reason is given.

Possibly it is a reminder of the first murder in the bible - when Cain the
farmer killed Abel the shepherd. (See also the American West, where people
wore a linsey-woolsey mixture, but farmer/herder arguments over the proper
use of land led to many killings.

Sylvia


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