Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sadistic Cuy Doll Plots Its Revenge

This was at my daughter's birthday party which we celebrated in Peru (about a week prior to her actual birthday).  One of my wife's brothers gave my daughter the cuy puppet on the left hand side of the screen.  I have to say, it's a pretty awesome doll  The hair on the back was genuine Alpaca (not Guinea Pig for some reason), and Sofia got pretty excited about it.

She's a fun little girl to give presents to.  The second you give her something she screams, "OHHHHH WOOOOWWWW!" which is good because it encourages people to keep giving her things.

Getting this cuy puppet reminded me of hanging out with people in the Andes.  It's sort of funny to see them with their little baby cuy's running around on the floor.  Sometimes they pick them up and tenderly pet them like they're any other kind of family pet.  Then you go up to them and say, "I'd like to purchase a roast guinea pig please" and they'll literally snap the neck of whatever animal they happen to be holding and serve it up like it's nothing.

I guess that's the mentality you need to have when working on a farm.  I remember the 4H kids in grade school being similarly detached from their prize winning pigs that they spent a whole year raising up to win a blue ribbon and then be slaughtered.

Actually, they weren't detached the first year they took their pet pig away.  That year they cried their eyes out.  It was only in subsequent years that they were able to raise their livestock and send them off to their deaths without so much as a flutter of an eyelid.

Man...I wish I were that tough.  I'm weak.  Sooooo weak.

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  1. Beautiful looking kids in that photo. Really sweet being in Peru surrounded by cute kids like that. It's just really a shame that so many of them will never have a realistic chance of making it in life.

  2. Dean Charles MarshallJuly 28, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    Come on Dr. Anonymous, don't "harsh the mellow" of Sofia's 15 seconds of innocence. She and all her playmates will soon enough have to cope with the world's diminishing returns and the zombie apocalypse. And quite frankly, when you have to resort to eating rodents or cuy under the guise of an epicurean delight, as well as making them iconic figures in your culture you've clearly passed over a threshold for what constitutes real gourmet.

  3. Sorry that you disagreed with my comment, Mr Dean. Actually, Sofia's one of the LUCKY ones. I'm sure that under Me Peru's guidance, she'll have a very bright and successful future. I was referring to most of the poor kids in Peru who probably will wind up staying poor their entire lives. Sorry for the confusion.

    Although I don't particularly care for cuy, I wouldn't criticize anyone who might enjoy it. Do you really think eating chickens, cows, pigs, or other dead animals is any better?

  4. Florian:

    @Dr Anonymous: that's the most ignorant (and by ignorant I mean NOT KNOWING what you're talking about) comment, I have read in a long time.

    1. Wake up and start to realize that the world (order) is changing...Peru most probably might face a much brighter future than the US or Europe.

    2. This said, I don't want to deny that there still remain harsh conditions and a lack of opportunities and education for many Peruvian children who grow up today - in the mountains, in the jungle, in the shantytowns sourroundig Lima ... but surely not for the kids on this picture. Just because they don't have a flat TV-screen, doesn't make them the losers of modernization.

    Greetings from Germany, and happy birthday, Sofia :-)