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  • On our trekking journey we met some carcasses and skeletons left by bears and wolverines. One of those was the skull of this Rudolph Not Anymore Red-Nosed Reindeer. His other body parts were around. One foot was by the nearest river, another in blueberry bush.

    Sami people, northernmost indigenous people in Europe, used to make soup with one reindeer leg in it. After simmering the soup many hours they took the leg away and ate bone marrow and meat.

    Broth was reserved for old and sick people who didn’t have strength or teeth left to chew meat. They could just drink.

    Rest of broth was reserved for babies as bathing water. Broth was quite greasy so babies got their baby oil naturally along with warm water (warmth is very rare concept in Arctic regions). Leg served as both food and bathing water.

    It's looking like philosophical this especial skull in the photo, I think. Socrates of reindeers. Maybe it’s thinking the meaning of life. To be hot soup or not to be.
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