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drinking culture

In all cultures of the world there was and is a dining culture as well as a drinking culture with certain rituals and ceremonies as part of society. Especially Wine was always more than just a stimulant, but also a remedy, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, preservative, custody, power source, inspiration medium, sacrificial symbol, part of rituals, celebrations and contracts and in many religions a sacred medium with which you can relate in a mystical way God or the gods made.

oldest wine law " Codex Hammurabi "

In the "Codex Hammurabi", a law collection of the Babylonian king Hammurabi (1728-1686 BC), which according to the Sumerian tradition emanates from an inspiration of the sun god Šamaš, says: The wine is one of the most precious gifts of the earth. So he demands love and respect, we have to respect him. But that was probably beer even before the wine, the first alcoholic beverage that was brewed in the early civilizations at least 6,000 years ago. To be considered the cradle of viticulture Mesopotamia. Transcaucasia and / or according to recent research Southeastern Anatolia in the present day Turkey,

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