Shop for Hot Sauces, Salsa, Spicy Barbeque & More! If it's Fiery Foods you're after... we've got it!
Cosmic Chile
Hottest Sauces in the galaxy
Store Hours
View Cart
Hot Sauces
  Global Warming
  Habanero Heat
  Hottest Hot Sauce
Salsas
Spicy Barbeque
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Jamaican Jerk
Steak Sauces
Dry Rubs & Spices
Spicy Mustard
Get Pickled
Condiments
Marinades
Fixin's & Drink Mixers
Party Snacks
Pepper Lights & More
Gift Baskets
Cosmic Crates
Bookstore
Gift Certificate
Heat Level
  Mild (0-2)
  Medium (3-5)
  Hot (6-8)
  Wow! (9-11)
  Atomic (12-14)
  Out of this World (15+)
Primary Pepper
  Habanero
  Scotch Bonnet
  Red Savina
  Jalapeno
  Chipotle
  Cayenne
  Thai
  Serrano
  Datil
  Pepper Extract
Ingredients
  All Natural
  Capsicum Extract
  Fruit
  Garlic
  Multiple Pepper
  Low Sodium
  No Sugar Added
  Vinegar Free
Popular
  Around the World
  Award Winning
  Rude & Crude
  Sparky's Favorites
Top Brands
  Blair's After Death
  Da' Bomb
  Dave's Insanity
  Mad Dog Inferno
  Marie Sharp's
  Ring of Fire
  Walkerswood
Facebook Like

Go Back To Previous Page

Hot Chile Peppers

Pepper Mythology: Flavorsome Folklore

By Eric Vinje, Cosmic Chile

Peppers, hot sauce and salsa have all played a part in folklore and mythology. Here's a taste of what's been written and passed down over the years:

In astrology, Capsicums or chile peppers are considered part of the dominion of Mars, the ancient God of War.

In the late 17th century, Fuentes y Guzman wrote that people who ate red peppers would be protected against poison.

The ancient Incas, believing that peppers would be a disruptive influence, banned chiles at initiation and funeral ceremonies.

Forget garlic, holy crosses and silver bullets. Chiles were often considered the best deterrent against vampires and werewolves. They were burned to protect against attacks from these creatures of the night.

In addition to being a werewolf and vampire deterrent, hot peppers have often been used in witchcraft both to excise demons as well as ill humors from individuals. In many cultures, chile peppers are often seen as a way to ward off the "evil eye."

In Trinidad, according to the fiery-foods web site, East Indians wrap "seven red pepper pods with salt, onion skins, and garlic skins in paper" and pass it seven times around a baby to "remove najar, the evil eye, which is believed to cause unnecessary crying."

The same web site mentions that in the deep South of the United States, there is an African-American legend that in order for peppers to be hot, you must be angry when you plant them.

Don't let the bed bugs bite. Chiles have long been used as a fumigant for vermin such as bedbugs and rats.

Jethro Kloss, quoting the "Standard Guide to Non-Poisonous Herbal Medicine" in his book "Back to Eden" writes that a peculiar "effect" of eating peppers is that if someone is "thoroughly saturated" with capsicum and dies in the desert "the vultures will not touch the body on account of its being so impregnated with the capsicum."

Even today myths and folklore continue to abound about the power of chiles. The Transcendental Capsaicinophilic Society's tongue-in-cheek web site is dedicated to "worshipping spicy food." Its site includes the "Litany Against Pain" chant which is to be repeated silently when someone is tempted to complain of the burning derived from eating fiery foods and chiles:

Teach me, Chile, and I shall Learn.
Take me, Chile, and I shall Escape.
Focus my eyes, Chile, and I shall See.
Consume more Chiles.
I feel no pain, for the Chile is my teacher.
I feel no pain, for the Chile takes me beyond myself.
I feel no pain, for the Chile gives me sight.








Related Products to this article
Lizano Lizano Salsa
Lizano Salsa
Busha Browne's Busha Browne's Spicy Jerk Sauce
Busha Browne's Spicy Jerk Sauce
Original Juan The Source Hot Sauce
The Source Hot Sauce
Roadhouse, Inc. Roadhouse Hot & Spicy
Roadhouse Hot & Spicy



Credit Cards Accepted

Copyright © 2004-2012 Sparky Boy Enterprises. All rights reserved.

Powered by InfoGears