Monday, January 19, 2009

The Economic Origin of Eating Fish on Fridays

Some religious doctrines and practices, such as eating fish on Fridays, have economic origins.

According to a history of the fishing industry:

"Fish consumption during the Middle Ages in Europe was promoted by the Catholic Church which ordered 166 days of fasting a year (including 40 days of strict fasting for Lent) during which fish could be eaten."

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