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Title The pig commandments / produced by Phoenix Satellite Television
Published New York, NY : Filmakers Library, 2007


Description 1 online resource (69 min.)
Series Filmakers library online
Summary This fascinating film illustrates how religious differences, even on the basic level of dietary prohibitions, can affect the way neighbors interact. It focuses on Malaysia, home to 12 million Muslims and 6 million Chinese. Islam bans the eating of pork, considering it unclean, while the Chinese have treasured pork for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese character for "home" was a pig. For the Chinese the pig is a symbol of prosperity and all celebrations involve a pig roast. "Pig Commandments" outlines the ways in which the Muslim prohibition to eat pork affects the relationship between the Chinese and Muslims in this part of the world. There is legislation to keep pig farms away from the Muslim population. Many Chinese in Malaysia have converted to Islam. For them, the Koran has been translated into Chinese; and four chapters of the Koran deal with the prohibition to eating pork. One Chinese convert describes the problem with eating with her family. Only once a year when the Chinese celebrate the New Year with a vegetarian meal, can she join her family at dinner. "The Pig Commandments" shows how dietary laws can divide people or being them closer together. It demonstrates dramatically the social effects of food regulations and the sensitivity of people who are offended by another culture's eating habits. Scholars, religious leaders, and people of both religions express their feelings about this contentious issue. In addition we see how generations of pig farmers are proud of their succulent product
Analysis Sociology
Audience For College; Adult audiences
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Muslims -- Dietary laws -- Social aspects -- Malaysia
Genre/Form Documentary
Form Streaming video
Author Phoenix Satellite Television Limited.