The real life of holy cows

Nadal, D. (2017) The real life of holy cows. Antennae(40), pp. 67-76.

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Hinduism considers cows to be sacred animals. This has concurred to cows’ stereotypical depiction as religious and political icons, especially in chromolithographs that enjoyed a huge appreciation in the last two centuries of Indian history. At a visual level these images were extremely powerful but they did not depict cows as living beings who also struggle, suffer, and die. Today, the digital photographs circul ated on the Net by animal activists represent cows as mortal animals and show their real, mundane, hard life on Ind ian streets, which is very far from the ideal state of holiness one could expect.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nadal, Dr Deborah
Authors: Nadal, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine
Journal Name:Antennae

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