Cow / Hannah Velten
- Velten, Hannah
- London : Reaktion Books, 2007.
- Physical Description:
- 208 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
- 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 'cattle complex' -- Cattle stars and romantic associations -- Poor cow : pushing the boundaries -- Epilogue : out of sight, out of mind? -- Timeline.
- "In Cow, Hannah Velten unravels the complex story of the cow, bull, and ox, and the ever-changing social relationship between humans and cattle. Her account ranges from the oxen-plowed fields of the ancient Near East to India's temples, and from Spain's bull-rings to American rodeos and cattle drives." "Early civilization regarded cattle as their chief wealth, for in addition to supplying brute strength for the plow, they provided meat, milk, cheese, butter, leather, horn and other valuable commodities. Cults and mythologies developed that deified cows and bulls in cultures as various as those of early Egypt, Greece, and India. But today, while Hinduism continues to venerate the cow as one of the most sacred members of the animal kingdom, in the West, where beef is a prized diet staple, cattle are seen as little more than a commodity involving a production process. By exploring their purpose, meaning and fate in mythology, folklore, farming, bloodsports and art, Hannah Velten restores to these oft-overlooked creatures something of the respect they deserve."--Jacket.
- 9781861893260 (pbk.) and 1861893264 (pbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 184-200) and index.
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