Joined: Nov. 2011
|Quote (Robin @ Dec. 01 2011,14:08)|
|Quote (fnxtr @ Dec. 01 2011,13:20)|
|Okay, so why do hunting and meat have higher status?|
Because hunting and attaining meat is generally more risky than gathering, requires skills that usually require more practice and teaching, and had a low enough success rate that those who were successful were often celebrated.
I think that it really depends on alot of variables. Which are being assumed.
One is the type of prey, I really can't immagine ancient man (without any even primative tecnology like stone point spears) picking dangerous prey. So let's say for hunting bunnies I would see no difference between man and woman.
And even with technology one would tend to catch easy stuff. Like older or wounded animals. Nobody would want to go attack a pride of lions for meat.
Another variable is the type of tacitcs strategy used: hunting in packs has advantages and would alow for hunting larger animals with lower risk. On the other hand hunting alone also confirs advantages depending on the type of prey. Specialisation would occur if these strategies are continued for long times.
Gathering exposes you to a whole lot of other threats as you become a target by exposing yourself. The bush is full of critters that can't wait for you to come out of your cave. That's why harvesting probably was a good idea. You could gather in a controled safe area.
"Cows who know a moose when they see one will do infinitely better than a cow that pairs with a moose because they cannot see the difference either." Gary Gaulin