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Holy Cow! Well, Maybe Revered would Be a Better Word

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source: Nancy Leung SmarTours

source: Nancy Leung SmarTours

With respect for all life a central theme in Hindusim, the cow has achieved a special status in Indian society.  The beginnings of this practice is not clear but generally, with cows providing milk that nurtures, they are known as “the mother of civilization.”  DSCF6296

Even in days when sacrifices to the gods included oxen and bulls, lactating cows were always protected. Now, the role of the cow providing, milk, butter and dung for fires continues to maintain the taboo of harming the animals. Arvind described how the cow patties are collected early each morning and combined with straw to be shaped for fuel.  We saw stacks drying as we drove from Agra to Jaipur.DSCF6300

Cows that wander in large cities are typically past the ability to give milk and have been abandoned.  They spread trash by foraging for food

source: Nancy Leung SmarTours

source: Nancy Leung SmarTours

and cause significant snarls with traffic.traffic

Efforts are being made to move stray cows from the streets of Delhi into more suburban or rural locations, but their presence was almost  everywhere on our trip.

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Author: GoingPlaces Can-Do Zero Waste

I moved to McMinnville a few years ago and was impressed with its friendliness and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. I write several blogs. GoingPlacesLivingLife is my personal blog related to travel, food and just general thoughts. Can-Do Real Food tells about my business processing local produce from small farms and preserving it by canning and dehydrating. The concept of Zero Waste appeals to me because we can truly reduce what gets tossed into the landfill with very small changes in our lifestyle. Join us.

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