Goats...Here and There
In some parts of Africa (past and present), a man's wealth was
determined by the number of goats he owned.
In ancient Egypt, the Pharoah Cephrenes had over
2000 goats entombed with him.
"Two goats coming from opposite directions met
on a very narrow bridge, which would not admit of either of them
turning around, and in consequence of its great length they
could not safely go backwards, there being no sure footing on
account of its narrowness, while at the same time an impetuous
torrent was rushing rapidly beneath. Accordingly, one of
the animals lay down flat, and the other walked over it." As
written by Pliny, ancient Roman philosopher.
The first Nubians to appear in Europe were a
gift to Napoleon III `from te King of Abyssinia Actually,
the goats accompanied a hippopotamus to supply it with fresh
Christopher Columbus and Captain Cook were among
the many explorers that carried milking goats on board their
A group of Angoras was a gift to James A. Davis
from the Turkish Sultan. Davis had been sent to Turkey by
Mahatma Gandhi, the famous leader of India,
lived primarily on goat milk for more than thirty years.
Winston Churchill consumed and promoted goat
"Goats are friendly. You can talk with
them. A cow doesn't know what you are saying. But
these goats come up very quietly and brush against you, as if to
say, Isn't life good?" Carl Sandburg in reference to his
wife's herd, Chickaming.
"Let them live in high altitudes, drink goat
milk and take sun baths. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern
Medicine, gave this advice to tubercular patients.
"And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy
food, an for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance
of thy maidens." Proverbs 27:27. The Holy Bible.
And Speaking of Goats...
Caper: to leap or skip about in a
sprightly manner; prance, gambol (use of Latin word Caper,
Capeskin: A light, pliable leather made
from lambskin or sheepskin and used especially of gloves. (Cape
+ skin - originally made from goatskin from the Cape of Good
Capri: An element meaning "goat"
occurring in loan words from Latin :capricious" and used in the
formation of compound words: Capric Acid: A white
crystalline compound obtained by distilling coconut oil and used
in the manufacture of perfumes and fruit flavors. Also a
component in goat milk. Capriccicioso: In music, lively
and free Caprine: An impulsive change of mind. Capricious:
Impulsive and unpredictable. Capricorn: The tenth sign of
the Zodiac, meaning "the goat". Capriloquisim: In
medicine, egophony, which is a modification of bronchophony, in
which the voice has a bleating character, like that of a goat.
Capreolate: In biology, an adjective meaning
having or like tendrils. From Latin capreolus, whild goat
Capriole: A leap or jump (French from Italian "capriola"
"Leap of the goat".
Chevrotain: Any of several small, hornless
ruminants (genera Hyemoschus and Tragulus) of central Africa and
southeaster Asia. From French "chevrotin" which is from Old
French,"chevrot" a kid, which is from "chevre" a goat, which is
from Latin, "capra" (feminine of caper).
By the way, Khimaira (Ka my ra) is from ancient
Greek, meaning "she-goat"!