Sunday, January 15, 2006

What can a vegetarian do during the Feast of the Sacrifice?

Spending a portion of the Feast of the Sacrifice holiday in Adana gave me the opportunity to confirm two of my basic assumptions: The first is that Turkish people like to eat meat and the second is that it is I who am “abnormal” seeing as I don't eat meat. It's a very hard fact to explain. I often find myself confronted with the following exchange at the dinner table.

“No thanks. I don't eat meat.”

“That won't do. Why don't you eat meat?”

This is the hardest question to answer. I need a good response to justify my stance. However, one can never find the justification for my decision not to eat meat suitable for convincing a nation that is so in love with meat. Eventually, I'm forced to defend myself by saying, “There's no political, philosophical or ideological reason. One morning I woke up and decided I would never eat meat again. I've been loyal to this promise ever since.”

“Since when?”

“For about 12 years.”

“Don't worry. Take some meat and with one bite, you'll get used to it.”

Read the whole story on Turkish Daily News

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