Monday, February 8, 2010

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

First off. Tartary. What is that?
Tartary is the term used in the Middle Ages to designate the big great area of North/Central Asia. basically.
Turkic and Mongol peoples inhabited the area and were called Tartars.

Now, I hope we all know what a Vegetable is...and a Lamb.
If not.

Vegetable- any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food.

Though for these purposes I don't think we need the eatable part.

Lamb- a young sheep.

Sheep produce...wool
Wool is used to make..textiles.

The Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

It's a plant that produces a little tiny lamb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Because the Tartars couldn't justify what this mysterious plant was that produced these white fluffy staple fibers that could be woven to make yarn and cloth...and because they were use to these little lambs producing such a similar fiber...there is no other explanation except that these mysterious plants birthed little tiny lambs. These lambs were held on to the plant by their umbilical chords and the plant would dip down to allow these little lamb babies to graze in the fields. Then when all the grass was gone the lamb would jump off and run away..and die of hunger.

oh joy! I want one!


1 comment:

  1. That's amazing! I didn't learn that folklore tale in Denis's class! boo! I want one one in my garden, it's better than a gnome!