The article Forget cats and dogs, cows are our best friends raises the argument that even though we call dogs “man’s best friend” and the practice of worshipping cats, it is argued that our beliefs are misguided. Larry Stout even shows many good examples to support this notion. In Mesopotamia, “Sacred alps bulls were mummified and placed in huge stone sarcophagi ”. This burial practice shows that even in death, bulls and other members of the bovine species were still considered sacred beings. In ancient Greece, the city of Mycenae routinely had “bull—leaping” ceremonies, in which participants would run and jump over a bull’s head. Furthermore, it is stated that we only have to look at modern times. What does most of the Western world eat? Bovines. In prehistoric times, wolves and cattle were domesticated around the same time. What about me? I always wear a leather jacket in the fall and early spring. I think that Stout actually has a good and easily supportable argument over the importance of cows in society as a whole. In North America, the Plains Native Americans considered it a great waste to not use every part of a buffalo. The skin, the horns, even the bones were used. Even though we have record of early humans domesticating other animals, cows have been our sources of food, our reverence, even our strength and our worship.
Forget cats and dogs, cows are our best friends
by LARRY STOUT on MAY 2, 2014 in CONTEMPORARY CULTURE
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