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Thursday, April 12, 2012


Dylan with the bota bag. Barcelona (Spain)

1. wine skin. 2. bota (bags). Bota bags filled with wine were commonly carried while traveling throughout medieval Spain. The tradition was common still in the 19th C when Washington Irving traveled by horseback to Granada where he wrote Tales of the Alhambra (1832). Irving carried cheese and bread in his saddle bags while Henry IV of Castile in the 15th C carried chorizo,  other cold cuts and bread. As Henry IV was abstemious, he carried water in his bota bag. 3. sweetmeats. 4. see botillo. [Ares. “Las Comidas.” 1994:91:96:97:130]

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