Cow Tutorial

We are enroute today to New Delhi, with sweet recollections of our time at Pathmeda Godhaam. Where in  this sea-girt world can one find such a place? A place where cows are everywhere you go. A place where people message the weary legs of cows that have been in the pastures all day. A place where cow mantras are chanted all day long. A place where people kneel to touch the cow's hoof and get on their hands and knees to move under the cow's belly seeking her blessings. A place where cow products are made and sold around the world. A place where no matter the seriousness of injury, a cow is cared for. You know the answer. No where else.

We end with a mini tutorial on the Indian cow, regarded by those here as fundamentally different from other cows, one is a divine being, all others are animals. They also regard that the paapam attached to killing an Indian cow is vastly greater than killing a mere animal.

Now the tutorial. There are four distinctive features that differentiate the Indian cow from all others. 

The first is the hump on the cows' backs. 

The second is the fleshy wattle on the neck.

The third is a distinctive white streak that goes along the entire spine (in light skinned cows this streak is dark) which is said to draw the power of the Sun into the cow and into her milk. 

The fourth is more difficult to see, but it is the shape of the back side of the cow, this breed falling off sooner, and so the backside is not as round. 

The Brahman or Brahma is a breed of Zebu cattle (Bos primigenius indicus) that was first bred in America from cattle breeds imported from India. Brahma cattle were produced by cross-breeding Kankrej, Gujarat, Ongole, and the Gir (or Gyr) strains.


Here ends the tutorial. 

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