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Friday, December 16, 2016


New WIne Old Wineskines and the Fear of Change
Photo from: DTTO
bota, ox skin used as a wineskin,  bota, bota  bag. 

ordre, wineskin, water bag or oil bag. This consists of cured animal skins, sewn together except for the neck, which served as an opening. In the Arcipreste de Hita´s Libro de Buen Amor, Song of the Highlander, Juan Ruíz discusses customs of period concerning bovine livestock. He states that making wineskins was common. 

Photo from:Daniel Lobo
zaque, goatskin made into a sack to hold wine inexistent today. Cervantes relates that although Quijote drank wine from a horn, like an emperor, Sancho Panza passed around a bota bag for all to sip. He drank so much it made him sleepy. See azacán.

ordre con el sebo o de manteca, wineskin containing suet or lard. This was an annual tribute paid by butchers during the 11th C in León.

[Benavides-Barajas. Alhambra. 1999:157; Cervantes. 1947:83:88; Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:33 ftn 59:42:
ftn 74:43;181;Ruíz/Brey.1965:1000 a-g:165; Sánchez-Albornoz. 2000:130; and Viñayo. 1994:59:60]

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