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Why Christian Missionaries were Known as 'Eaters of Vegetables.'

So strong was the tradition of Buddhist proselytising in China that by the time their Christian colleagues arrived in the mid-sixteenth century, locals referred to the newcomers as 'eaters of vegetables', because they assumed that all missionaries must be vegetarians.

Source: Food in China

 
 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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