The FlourWorld Museum in Wittenburg near Hamburg, Germany, has set itself the goal of creating a monument to flour in all its globe-spanning significance. After all, some 450 million tonnes of wheat are processed into food per year worldwide.
In its 1000 square metres of space, the museum shows a cultural and historical collection of over 3500 flour sacks from 140 countries. “Ötzi,” a reproduction of the 5300-year-old man from the Alps, tells the millennia-old story of flour.
A mysterious room takes the visitor into the world of the gods and rites that ancient civilizations hoped would grant them good harvests. The piece de résistance is a two-thousand-year-old mummy filled with Nile silt and grain – an Egyptian symbol for the germinating force of life.
It’s in the middle of the solstice, which varies between March 19 and 21. In the northern hemisphere spring starts after March 20, and with it the planting season. In the southern hemisphere autumn starts, and with it the harvest season.
So for farmers around the world, the days around March 20 are a special time, one of hope and gratitude.
FlourWorld Museum WittenburgMühlenchemie GmbH & Co. KGKurt-Fischer-Straße 5522926 AhrensburgGermany
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