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Published by Verso .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Hinduism,
  • Manners And Customs,
  • Contemporary Politics - India,
  • Political Science,
  • Politics / Current Events,
  • Religious aspects,
  • Politics/International Relations,
  • India,
  • General,
  • Cows,
  • Beef

Book details:

The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Number of Pages120
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8624265M
ISBN 101859844243
ISBN 109781859844243

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  In The Myth Of The Holy Cow, the author reveals that in ancient times, Hindus and Buddhists ate beef. According to him, the cow earned its status as the holy animal of Hinduism only in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book states that hindus regularly used cows both as part of dietary traditions and as offerings to God. A brief introduction considers the political status of cow veneration as a tenet of modern fundamentalist Hinduism, while the back cover proudly announces the book's banning in Hyderabad. The Myth of the Holy Cow is not a polemic, however, but a scholarly history of attitudes to meat-eating and cows in South Asia, of interest outside the context of Indian politico-religious debates. Jha, a distinguished historian at the University of Delhi, received death threats when he tried to publish this book in India. The first Indian publisher backed off after ominous warnings, and the somewhat braver second publisher had to give in when a group of Hindu fanatics declared the book "blasphemous" and succeeded in getting a court order to constrain its circulation.1/5(2). Hugely controversial upon its publication in India, this book has already been banned by the Hyderabad Civil Court and the author s life has been threatened. Jha argues against the historical sanctity of the cow in India, in an illuminating response to the prevailing attitudes about beef that have been fiercely supported by the current Hindu right-wing government and the fundamentalist groups 3/5(3).

The Myth Of The Holy Cow | D N Jha | download | B–OK. Download books for free. Find books. Book of the Heavenly Cow, line 1. The first passages from the Book of the Heavenly Cow are attested on the interior left and back panels of the outermost of the four gilded shrines discovered in by Carter in KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun (ca. - BCE), and published by Piankoff in   Firstly, let us define what is HOLY COW in India? because there are many Indians who are unaware of REAL HOLY COW that is worshipped and that NEEDS to be PROTECTED in all circumstances. Origin of HOLY COW: As mentioned in Bhagavata Purana: KSHEER. The book is one of the classics, looking at the history of beef (and other meat) eating in ancient and medieval India. Especially to be read during these times when people are being killed in the name of protecting cows although the ancestors of today's Hindus were inveterate beef eaters/5().

  A meticulously researched, strongly worded, persuasively articulated challenge to long-held religious beliefs, The Myth of the Holy Cow is a unique and iconoclastic contribution to the study of Hindu beliefs, practices, history and :   “A meticulously researched, strongly worded, persuasively articulated challenge to long-held religious beliefs, The Myth of the Holy Cow is a unique and iconoclastic contribution to the study of Hindu beliefs, practices, history and customs.” – Wisconsin Bookwatch. New York Times "A meticulously researched, strongly worded, persuasively articulated challenge to long-held religious beliefs, The Myth of the Holy Cow is a unique and iconoclastic contribution to the study of Hindu beliefs, practices, history and customs."Seller Rating: % positive. TheMythoftheHolyCow © PublishedbyNavayanaPublishing, FirstpublishedbyMatrixBooks,NewDelhi, ISBN ofthisbookmaybe File Size: 4MB.