weland: wild – tobacco

Update on my ongoing project on wild Iberia:

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Tobacco plant is native from America, present in many of its ancient cultures as a sacred plant. The botanist Francisco Hernández de Boncalo brought the first seeds to Europe, in 1577; these were planted around Toledo (Spain) in an area called –Cigarrales- (for pests cicada). There’s where tobacco cultivation began in Europe (also thanks to French ambassador in Portugal, Jean Nicot), so some historians associate the name of –cigarro– with this fact. Tobacco is marketed worldwide (except Bhutan), it was not a social health problem until the Industrial Revolution and mass production. Extremadura represents 90% of iberian production, a figure that has been reduced over the years by the  economic and social policies (it has gone from 17,000 producers in the 90’s to just 3,000 today).

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weland:wild – brave bull

Update on my ongoing project on wild Iberia:

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The brave bull is the star of one of the best known affairs around the world and, at the same time, the most controversial Spanish tradition. The origin of this kind of bull found references in the primitive -urus- and it has not inhabited exclusively in Spain, but it is in this country where they found a stable settlement preserved until now. In other countries ended up exterminated considered an archaic zoological variety. There are references to religious holocausts and celebrating by the Celtiberian, where the bulls were sacrificed challenged in public performances. By the way this animal is present today in several customs (not allways cruel) around the Peninsula, also in the culinary culture. -‘Diablos de Luzón’ ancient tradition.

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weland: wild – rangelands

Update on my ongoing project on wild Iberia:

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Rangelands occupies a considerable area, those nude forests, usually with Quercus species; oaks, or even pine or beech, it’s a derivative of Mediterranean forest where human activity is intense (since neolitic communities) for the maintenance of tenable system by the hunting activity and the use of forest products; firewood, cork, animal breeding, mushrooms, etc. It is a system that integrates trees, grasses and forage, aimed to improving the performance of land within sustainability.

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weland:wild is coming…

Introducing to my ongoing project on wild Iberia:

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Dolmens [in Breton: large stone table], are megalithic constructions built between the late Neolithic and Chalcolithic Age. There are thousands in Western Europe. Its function is usually attributed to the collective grave, but also believed that it could be a way to claim a territory and strengthen the group identity (posibly previous to the cities of the Bronze Age). In the Iberian Peninsula there are detected several sets of these ancient constructions (Alentejo, Andalusia, Extremadura, Galicia, Asturias, Basque Country, Aragon, Catalonia, Castilla-Leon and Castile-La Mancha).

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