The food was wrapped in banana leaves, tied securely, and placed over a pot of boiling water, the bundle being just large enough to rest on the rim of the pot without dipping into the water. When the bundle was opened the housewife tore off a piece of the leaf in which it had been cooked, and with it divided the food, handing it to each person without touching the food with her hands. The hands of the diners, meanwhile, had been washed as a necessary preliminary to eating.

  • Source: Ainsworth, Mary D. Infancy in Uganda: infant care and the growth of love. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1967.
  • Culture: Ganda
  • Location: Africa