Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture
by Marvin Harris
One of America’s leading anthropologists offers solutions to the perplexing question of why people behave the way they do.
Why do Hindus worship cows? Why do Jews and Moslems refuse to eat pork? Why did so many people in post-medieval Europe believe in witches?
Marvin Harris answers these and other perplexing questions about human behavior, showing that no matter how bizarre a people’s behavior may seem, it always stems from identifiable and intelligible sources.
“Marvin Harris (August 18, 1927 – October 25, 2001) was an American anthropologist. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City. A prolific writer, he was highly influential in the development of cultural materialism. In his work, he combined Karl Marx’s emphasis on the forces of production with Thomas Malthus’s insights on the impact of demographic factors on other parts of the sociocultural system.” —Wikipedia