Sacred Cow, Holy Bull

The word cattle comes from the Latin word “capital”. It means wealth or property. At one time, capital meant all types of domestic animals. Through English and French usage it has come to refer specifically to bovines. A bovine is an animal whose stomach is divided into chambers. They have an even number of toes on their hoofs and their horns are hollow. A bull is a male bovine and a cow is a female bovine.
All animals are respected by the Hindus in India, but of all the animals the bovine is the most sacred. Their strong belief in the bull was one of chief religious beliefs of the Indus Valley Indians (c 3000 BC -1700 BC). Statues and seals dating from that time have been ...

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so valuable for thousands of years in so many cultures that to be caught stealing them was often an offense punished by death (Brahman 1).
The cow was not always sacred in India. Long ago in India’s early history, cattle was used basically for food to feed one’s family. It was also used as trade, like money. In about the year 350 A.D., a law was made called the “Code of Manusmriti”. The law did not specifically order the Indian people not to eat the cow, but it stated that they would be better off not to. After this law, the Indian people took a different attitude about the cow. Shortly after that a new law was made that made it a crime to steal, hurt or kill a cow. Even if the cow was ill, a person would be punished by the government for any such actions (“Cows” 1).
These days the Hindu religion has continued their devotion to the cow. They are still protected by the citizens and most Hindus still refuse to kill them. They still worship and honor the cow as an ...

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easily noticed by the big hump on their back right behind their head (“Brahman” 1).
The country of India is home to 900 million people and home to almost 200 million cows. That’s 22 cows per 100 people. However, in the mid 1960s, the human population was 500 million to the cow population of 250 million, which was 50 cows to every 100 people.(Cherry 1, Chowdhury 1).
The Hindus believe in two laws named Ahimsa and Karma. To the Hindu the ground, the rivers, the sky and the sun are sacred. They consider the wife a goddess and the husband a god. They see their home as a shrine. Noninjury is the most important principle of every Hindu. It is referred to as Ahimsa. It requires ...

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