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[:RU]Weekdays sacred animals[:]

[:RU]India. Cows. Cows in India. Everyone knows that cows in India are considered sacred animals. But what does that even mean? They idolize? They worship? How is the life of these favorites of fortune? Is it true that they just walk through the streets of Indian cities? What they do not belong to anyone?

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childhood Barbara was very curious and love bazaars

Let’s investigate.

Hinduism really takes away the special status of the cows. Since ancient times, they were regarded as symbols of wealth and abundance. By the way it was not only the Indians — the ancient Egyptians and Romans also saw their status in the animal. But the Hindus respected it passed to the next level — the cow was not just a nurse, and a heat source (cakes of cow dung in India is used as fuel so far), fertilizer and labor.

The ancient religion of India’s Prithvi is the earth goddess in the form of a cow. Although Hindu cow god already, its meat to the faithful is taboo. The cow is considered the epitome of selflessness — because it gives so much useful to man. How can such a creature to eat meat?

Taking a walk through the streets of Indian cities is indeed now and then there are the cows. Even in a huge (and very dirty) Delhi there are areas where they are, and even in smaller cities, because at almost every step.


Olga also parked

At first glance it may seem that all these cows abandoned. In fact it is not. Each cow has a host that produces it «graze» on what is bad.


Boris decided to get acquainted with the proposals of the local farmers

Cows free to stagger through the streets all day and in the evening returned home. By the way, as I have explained, the bulls as opposed to cows, and the truth often does not belong to anyone. What sense contain the animal, not giving milk, talk Hindus. Bulls simply live on the street, and sometimes cows whores from them fly.


Antonina loved to go to the holy river. There it is better to think about eternity.

At the same time the Indians are cows without much trepidation. If you need to slash their rods and even beaten with sticks. Shouts distilled them from places where they should not. That is of no bogotvorenii, or even a special reverence here the question.


Sergei was embarrassing. He was at this wedding only guest from the groom.

Often you can see cows grazing on piles of municipal waste. A lot of food waste dumped directly into the street, and cattle do not hesitate to chew them pacified pensive look. But some do not mind trying to treat «stronger» gnaw glands from landfills, or even try to bite rusty machinery.


In fact, Diana prefer German cars, but bezrybe cancer and fish.

Cows like to sprawl in the street, which greatly annoyed the local drivers of tuk-tuks, and bicycle rickshaws. In the old town the streets are narrow, and sometimes not littering animals obedesh.


After snack Zlata loved to relax a little — it was her time «for themselves»

But they can live together with other residents of Indian streets — dogs.


She felt responsible for these cute (but, in general, useless) Doggie — because it is their tamed

And yet the Indian cows learned to walk up the stairs. The spectacle is a very comical, clumsy animals to descend the stairs obviously difficult, but nevertheless, they pricked up, and do it every day.


Michael treated the steps philosophically. Down there was the garbage lakomny

Hindu ban on eating cow meat more than once played an important role in the country’s history.

For example, in the middle of the XIX century, in the service of the British were armies of mercenaries from the local population. They were called sepoys. One of them was a rumor that the new package of cartridges grated whether cow, or pig fat. (Part of the sepoys were Muslims who can not eat pork). The fact that the soldiers of the time to charge the gun should have teeth break the packaging. The British authorities were quick to assure the soldiers that no animal fat, they do not use, and offered to supply sipahis ungreased bullets. But these are only confirmed initial rumors, and in 1857 the soldiers mutinied. Sepoy Rebellion lasted more than a year, and some consider him the first (if not successful) war for independence of India.


«Am I not a sacred animal?» Gregory thought, «Who, if not I have from this urn?»

When a hundred years, India received its independence from the British, a ban on cow meat again influenced by the political situation. On the territory of the country were many Muslims who loved to eat any beef. They were not willing to give up such an important part of their diet. The desire of the Indians to impose a ban on the slaughter of cows has aggravated an already severe tensions between Hindus and Muslims, and as a result, Pakistan was separated from India and became an independent state in which Islam is the official religion.


They liked to call themselves the three musketeers

Today slaughter of cows is prohibited in the vast majority of states, while at the federal level such a law does not exist. Some states even prohibit the sale of cows (the same lack of respect for the animal!) Forward the cows from one state to another too often illegally, though it does not stop anyone.


At Vyacheslav the whole day was restless at heart

Here it should be noted that some of the cows actually buffaloes (and therefore buyvolihi buyvolshi …?) To my untrained urban eye, they’re all the same, but the difference is quite weighty Indians. After slaughtering buffalo no longer falls under any religious or legal prohibitions under!


«Sunbathing should be all over!» Always told her friends Julia

If India offers beef, take it skeptically. It may well be that this is actually buffalo meat. It is not so good and is much tougher than the meat «real» cow, to which we are accustomed.


Christina tried to explain popularly colleagues the benefits of the market economy over the planned

True it says that there are illegal slaughterhouse where the slaughter of cows and present. Since 24 of the 29 states have laws against it, such clandestine offices in ten times more than the legal.


An endless stream of people did not give Alexander to cross the road

But enough of the bad news. Most of the cows (and even buffalo) in India live happily and peacefully. Look at them from the side — that they are the masters of life. Where not only meet these animals. I here for example at the station, right on the platform met a few.


Katya had hoped that the train is not too opazdat

Did not understand, frankly, is they wandered here, and their owners have dragged, and were going to ship on the train. Honestly, after what I have seen in Indian trains (of which I will write more), I would not be surprised a drop.


Yasha was very afraid to stumble upon supervisor since forgotten my ticket at other pants

A few more pictures of Indian cows in their natural environment:


«I do not see anything difficult,» Jan thought, «sure, I get»


Eugene has recently started to practice yoga


Anna got up on the wrong foot, it now all hated


Merry Victor took to pull a little straw delicacy

Not all of them are careless life. Some pripryagayut — literally. That’s not clear, it is a cow or a buffalo? How to distinguish?

Good to be a sacred animal. I too want. And you? Agreed to reincarnate in the Indian cow?

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