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  • Marvin Harris
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    • Religion is somehow good for the soul, even if it sometimes fails the body
    • Hinduism an irrational ideology that compels people to overlook abundant nutritious food for scarcer, less healthful foods.
    • Absurd devotion to the mother cow.
    • Cow worship even India, one of the world’s great civilization, is being strangled by its love for the cow .
    • The Brahman priesthood exhorted the population to venerate the cow and forbade them to abuse it or to feed on it.
    • By 100 ad, all Hindus were forbidden to eat beef
    • The cow is symbol of health and abundance
  • The practical role of the cow, cow provide less than half the milk produced in India. Most cows in India are not dairy breeds . The cow is the most sacred because it can produce ox and calves
    • High quality source of milk, usually invests in a female water buffalo
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    • The ox is the Indian peasant’s tractor, thresher and family car combined; the cow is the factory that produces the ox
    • Because of this dependence on draft animals, loss of the family oxen is devastating
    • Drought has struck large portions of India time and again in this century, and Indian farmers and the zebus are accustomed to these natural disaster.
    • Dried dung
    • From 40 to70 percent of all manure produced by Indian cattle is used as fuel for cooking ; the rest is returned to the fields as fertilizer .
    • Instead of asking the Indians to learn from American model of industrial agriculture, American farmers might learn energy conservation from the Indians.
  • work feed Fossil energy grains Care and maintenance work - Meat -Milk -By-Products Insulin Heparin ACTH Leather Soap Buttons Work Unrecovered Energy 96%
  • Work  Food Grains  Grain crops Straw feed feed Fertilizer Chaff Plowing/hauling Milk Meat Leather Dung Milk Meat Fertilizer Dung Leather Feeds
    • Indian Muslims and Christians are under no restriction
    • Alan Heston fail to note is that sex ratios among cattle in different regions of India vary tremendously, indicating that adjustments in the cow population do take place.
    • The sacredness of the cow is not just an ignorant belief that stands in the way of progress. Like all concepts of the sacred and the profane, this one affects the physical world; it defines the relationships that are important for the maintenance of Indian society.
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    • Janine Pagunsan
    • Lee Teope
    • Lea Porras
    • James Sta Teresa
    • Enrique Miranda
    • Emmy lou Signo
    • Cyrene
    • Djanel Cheng
    • Shawn Yu
    • Rey Saguisa