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Sociology 1020 Chapter Notes - Chapter 10: Marvin Harris, Cattle In Religion And Mythology, Zebu


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 1020
Professor
Kim Luton
Chapter
10

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Images of Society
Chapter 10: Mother Cow
13 October 2011
Intoduction:
- Western commonly think of themselves as rational and progressive in Contrast
to people living in non-Western cultures
- they hold on to their traditions and show - a lack of proceess
- Marvin Harris (1927-2001), anthropolist, made a career of demonstarting that
cultural practices often strike Westerns as irrational (however, they are
reasonable adaptation to the material conditions of life in which many non-
Western population find themelves)
Body:
- Western observers observers question why when people are starving in India,
don't eat the cows they have
- however in India, spirtual values are more precious than life itself, and this
makes us feel sad (Westerners)
- to Hindus, the cows symbolize everything that is alive (mother of live, compared
to Mary, mother of Jesus)
- no great sacrilege for a Hindu than killing a cow
- many experts say that cow worship is the number one cuase of India`s hunger
and poverty
- they don`t contribute at all (no meat or milk)
- they go free and interupte life in India (shitting on the streets)
- they treat them as members of the family (if they are ill, they nurse them)
- similar when people raise cows in the Western would, ``cow love``
- hard to sent them to a slaughter house
- there is a storage of Oxen and water buffalos (male) who are draft animals and
help farms
- destitute farmers end up moving to the cities but dont get a job and are
homeless
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