OCTOBER 1, 2003
Bug-Eating, Leech-Bathing Gameshow Axed
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) -
It may be standard fare in America, but strait-laced
Cambodia has decided it cannot stomach any more
"Fear Factor"-style television.
In Columbia, with the rains of April the Holy Week comes and also culona ants; Santandereanas ants who have a big abdomen (10mm x 7 mm Aproxm.), they are getting its name about it. After one raining night and after a sunny day, the queen ants begins their nuptial flight to the male ant called “padron”, drone or little plane fertilizes them and after this only and happy act of love, falls to the ground and it dies. The fertilized queen falls down to earth, she gets out its wings and it begins to dig a hole into the soft land thus to initiate the foundation of its own colony. It passes a long year to prepare the birth of new queens and new males or drone. During this time the colony boils in activity with sights to the exclusive fulfillment of this intention. The workers looking for and loading leaves, the soldiers with a big head and armed of frightful clamps, taking care of them. Future queens and males receive exclusive well-taken care of in little special rooms, with wet nurse that feed them with milk secreted by themselves. As much care added to this strange food, which it concludes in the nuptial ceremony in which the male wastes the overflow of his vigor in the only act of love of his existence, paying it to it to the queen, it has waked up the legend of the afrodisíac item from the culonas ants.
In Santander state, in the Barichara, Guane and Mesa of the Saints region, have been found families with more of 20 sons in whom the centennial heads, patriarchs, attribute to their fertility and longevity to him to the permanent consumption of culona ants. The Guanes, natives of the region have more 500 years eating it like exquisite food, and they cultivated them for his production to way of zoocriaderos. In addition to food they used like analgesic applying them in cataplasms in the navel and sienes. They prepared them toasting them to the fire in lajas of stone or pots of mud and kept them for their conservation per years in calabash. At the present time still they have been processed for his consumption since for 5 centuries. When the air of the vecindario fills of certain aroma when they are toasting ants, it causes that town people say: they are roasting culonas!
Copyright 2000 Claude Dern, All Rights Reserved
This site hosted by VTweb.com.