Cow

ISBN-10: 1861893264
ISBN-13: 9781861893260
Edition: 2007
Authors: Hannah Velten
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Description: From the milk we drink in the morning, to the leather shoes we slip on for the day, to the steak we savor at dinner, our daily lives are thoroughly bound up with cows. Yet there is a far more complex story behind this seemingly benign creature,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

From the milk we drink in the morning, to the leather shoes we slip on for the day, to the steak we savor at dinner, our daily lives are thoroughly bound up with cows. Yet there is a far more complex story behind this seemingly benign creature, which Hannah Velten explores here, plumbing the rich trove of myth, fact, and legend surrounding these familar animals. From the plowing field to the rodeo to the temple, Velten tracks the constantly changing social relationship between man and cattle, beginning with the domestication of aurochs around 9000 BCE. From there, "Cow "launches into a fascinating story of religious fanaticism, scientific exploits, and the economic transformations engendered by the trade of the numerous products derived from the animal. She explores in engaging detail how despite cattle's prominence at two ends of a wide spectrum: Hinduism venerates the cow as one of the most sacred members of the animal kingdom, while beef is a prized staple of the American diet. Thought provoking and informative, "Cow "restores this oft-overlooked animal to the nobility it richly deserves.

Introduction: Reintroducing the Cow, Bull and Ox
Wild Ox to Domesticates
Bull-Gods, Bull-Kings
Cow Mysticism and a Rural Idyll
Toiling the Fields and a &#8216Cattle Complex&#8217
Cattle Stars and Romantic Associations
Poor Cow: Pushing the BoundariesEpilogue: Out of Sight, Out of Mind?Timeline
References
Bibliography
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

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