our new neighbors.

This morning I took Daffy for a walk, only to find these ladies settled in front of our building. Daffy, who is smaller than this cow’s head, refused to budge so I carried him down the road and across the street. Walking home, he wouldn’t take his eyes off the cows. I thought it was very cute until I realized Daffy wasn’t the only one walking in a huge arc around them. I hadn’t even noticed the tingling of my fear of being bitten by this cow. (If you think that’s funny, check out the size of the cow compared to our car in the background.)


2 Responses to “our new neighbors.”

  1. 1 anthony
    20 January 2008 at 8:36 pm

    I know cows are sacred in India, but do they have some other purpose? Do they get milked or anything like that?

  2. 2 mbdoctor
    21 January 2008 at 9:07 am

    Cows do get milked, and also slaughtered (there are quite a few non-vegetarians in Bombay). Traditionally cows are revered because of the many gifts they share with humans. Yogurt and ghee (clarified butter) are made from cows’ milk and are part of the daily diet for many Indians. In rural areas people use cow dung as fertilizer, fuel for fires, or in construction. Cow dung and cow urine are powerful disinfectants and insect repellants. The earliest Hindu texts depict cows as models of selfless sacrifice by continuously offering these gifts of food, fuel and protection.

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