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Adventures in Eating: How to Cook a Placenta
But then there's posthephagy. With the exception of certain fetish communities, I couldn't find many places around the world that practice this. But there's a precedent in the western world. Well, sort of.
Meet Agnes Blannbekin. This early-fourteenth-century Austrian lived as a beguine-a single woman who resided in an all-women's home-and would spend her day going from church service to church service, having memorized the schedule of masses in every church in Vienna. We know this because a monk friend of hers wrote down a series of visions that Agnes claimed to have had. The writings were eventually published under the title Life and Revelations, and when it first hit the streets in 1731, it was an immediate scandal. Agnes's criticism of the pope wasn't too well received. Also, some of her daily devotional practices were strangely erotic. At the end of each mass, for example, she would partake in a practice that was apparently quite dear to her, making a beeline for the altar and showering it with an amount of amorous emotion and enthusiasm that would make modern Roman teenagers blush.
Her confessor, the anonymous monk who scribbled down Agnes's visions, wrote that Agnes was reluctant to talk about this particular revelation. But she did anyway, which excited him to no end: "I . . . was really very comforted that the Lord deigned to show Himself to a human being in such a way, and greatly desired to hear [about it]."
There's no pastry-like item named for the foreskin. And you're unlikely to find many recipes involving the prepuce. Well, there's this. And we'll drink to that.
[Photo credit: Sean in Japan]