:: Title :: Interview with Bessie Jones about keeping healthy and living longer
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Marchand, Antoinette [vocal]
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones IV 9/61
:: Date :: 9/27/1961
:: Reference Information :: T953.0, Track 9 (00:09:34)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The fifth of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Jones explains that people used to live longer because they ate better food, took herbal remedies, and didn't expose their bodies to the elements, wearing heavy underwear, winter and summer. She believes that covering the skin all year long keeps one's body cool. Homemade pot-ash soap is how people kept their clothes and bodies clean. They made their own medicines, such as fever grass. Sleep and rest were other important ingredients for healthy living. Animals were also well cared for and kept healthy, which made for better meat to eat. Epsom salts were administered to chickens, and Jerusalem root was used to keep hogs worm-free and fortified.
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962

 

 

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