Gathering Together

MY DAILY BREAD.

EVER READ THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST COMMODITY-BREAD?

IT CAN BE AS OLD AS 30 000 YEARS, POSSIBLY HAVING BEEN INTRODUCED AROUND 10 000BC IN THE NEOLITHIC AGE.

BREAD WAS AND IS STILL TAKEN AS BREAKFAST, SUITABLE AT LUNCH AND EVEN AT SUPPER, AND MAY BE SPECIALLY PREPARED FOR IMPORTANT OCCASSIONS SUCH AS BIRTHDAYS, ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS AND OTHER PARTIES, EVEN AT FUNERALS.  IT IS WIDELY USED IN ITS DERIVATIVES WHICH INCLUDE PIZZAS, CHAPUTIS, TORTILLAS, BOCADILLO, BAGUETTES, BRIOCHE, PITAS, LAVASH, BISCUITS, PRETZELS, NAAN, BAGELS, PURIS AND IN CHEESE BREADS IN BRAZIL, COLOMBIA, ITALY, RUSSIA AND THE WORLD OVER.

IN FACT, SO GREAT IS BREAD THAT THE HUNGARIANS EVEN HAVE A STATEMENT THAT ‘BREAD IS OLDER THAN MAN’ AND GIVING BREAD HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SIGN OF FRIENDSHIP, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT IS FOR A SICK OR BEREAVED PERSON. SO GREAT IS BREAD THAT IN ANCIENT EGYPT WORKERS WERE PAIN AT THE RATE OF 10 LOAVES OF BREAD A DAY FOR THEIR SERVICES. 

IN THE MODERN WORLD, BREAD MAY BE USED AS A EUPHEMISM FOR MONEY. IT ALSO FORMS THE OLDEST DIET OF MANY NATIONS, RACES AND RELIGIONS, AND IS USED BOTH CASUALLY AND BIBLICALLY TO DENOTE LIFE’S GENERAL NECCESSITIES. BESIDES, IT IS SIGNIFICANT, ALONG WITH WINE, IN THE CHRISTIAN WORLD AS ONE OF THE ELEMENTS OF THE EUCHARIST (SACRAMENTAL BREAD), SPECIALLY FROM CHRIST’S LAST SUPPER WHERE IT SYMBOLIZES HIS BODY AND IS WIDELY USED TODAY IN THE CHURCH AS SACRAMENTAL BREAD TO MEAN THE RESURRECTED CHRIST. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 250 REFERENCES TO BREAD IN THE BIBLE.

by Bothwell Masitoko