'In the beginning was the Word“

New project - call for cooperation

 Collaborators of the Bread - Cultural Heritage Project collecting material for a book that will deal with the etymology of the word bread in the languages of the peoples of the world - 'In the beginning was the Word“. The topic is not only the root of the name bread, but  also a certain narrative connected to the tradition and usage of the word bread.

Words and the essence have their own roads (as well as sidetrack), through which we discover accumulated experience, because no word, like life itself, has one meaning. The etymology of the word - bread, from ancient Egypt to modern English, has always been connected with the existential and essential values of life.

Linguists and historians often reduce the etymology of names to the laws of sound, and do not respect the laws of meaning. In this context, the roots of certain names can acquire a completely unexpected and different meaning than the purely phonetic one. Etymologies often hide their own stories.

We would be very grateful if you could help to find such narratives from your culture and send that to us for include in the book. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.



 TV series; Documentary

Dimitrije Vujadinović, author; Dr Venice Ibrahim Shehatta Attia, expert consultant

The project about Bread and Egyptian civilization, in fact it is related to ancient Egypt and its historical "exoticism", but essentially these are anthropological issues that we deal with and concern all of us at any time that we lived to live and that we will to live. The tale of bread is a story of the past, present, and future of the Man – their beliefs, hopes, pain, and joy. Bread is the product of nature and culture. Bread is the symbol and metaphor testifying to the constant struggle of the man between the destructive force and the universal spirit, faced with the inevitable fate of finality. From the beginnings of civilization, bread has been the metaphor of human ethical norms (value systems). Bread is our only product that connects us with the afterlife.In ancient Egypt, bread production had not changed over 2500 years. The central theme of ancient Egyptian mythology relates to Osiris, the God of death and rebirth, symbolized by bread. Many customs and rituals with a symbolic role of bread that were created in Egypt survived until this day in a different form but with the same essence. The content of life of modern man does not differ much from the ancient Egyptian. More ...

The project is supported: IGCAT-  International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism, Barcelona; ERICarts institute from Bonn.

The European Bread Book

Every region of Europe takes pride in its own, characteristic type of bread. These are not ‘special occasion’ breads made for a particular celebration or ritual. These are the breads served daily. All of these ‘take-pride-in breads’ are the result of a culture’s baking skills and differ according to how they are prepared, type of flour used, shape, taste and smell.In the south-east region of Finland it is Kalakukko (bread made with small lake fish); in Toscana, Italy, they are proud of  Schiacciata, Galicia has Pan Gallego, in Northern Wales they make Bara Brith, Mallorca’s is called Mallorca Ensaimadas, in Moscow they bake Borodinsky bread in North Serbia is Cipovka. The European Bread Book aims are: collecting recipes and cultural background of a traditional regional ‘take-pride-in breads’ (bread heritage) preparing in different European regions. For those purpose original recipes for making bread, rolls and cakes from bread dough and their “cultural indentify cards” are being collected. We would be very grateful if you would help in collecting the documentary. If you know any of the ‘take-pride-in breads’ made in your area, please provide us with information. Or give us a contact who could give us relevant information.

Thank you for your understanding and help.

Bread in the Bible

Ethical verticals

The main aim of the project is to educate and to demonstrate, on a popular way the living human treasure concerning bread as a religious symbol. In the background of these aim is the tendency to support better understandings and more tolerance between humans and their different religions and cultural traditions. 

 The most read book, the "bestseller" of all time, is the Bible. Everything that is written in the Bible has a depth of ambiguity, and the bread itself is mentioned in that context in more than 200 places. Bread is the only "food" that has its unique symbolic and metaphorical meaning in Judaism and Christianity (in the sense of life and spiritual maintenance, as well as moral behavior. The story about religions breads is a story about the ethical and symbolic life of humans which has always been actual. Bread in the Bible primarily has the metaphorical meaning of a clear ethical vertical, which brings universal values ​​to human life.