Serpent wrote:Are there any cultures that don't think of pigs as dirty/likely gross?
Early Romans and Greeks, at a minimum; revered as a symbol of abundance. Pigs were seen as an all-purpose sacrificial animal, with particular meaning as a symbol of fertility, and occasional sacrificial animal of choice of early Romans to seal public agreements and mark, for example, weddings and births.
“Pigs were the most common sacrificial animal in both Greece and Rome. They didn’t pollute—they purified
.” - Mark Essig, Lesser Beasts
One may assume, correctly, from my profile picture that I am biased in favour of pigs. So apparently was this guy:
“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals
.” – Winston Churchill