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Sacred Bull, Holy Cow

A Cultural Study of Civilization’s Most Important Animal

Donald K. Sharpes

Across the world cattle remain absolutely essential to civilization’s survival as a source of food, clothing, and labor. Human beings eat beef and ice cream, drink milk, wear leather, and love hamburgers and hot dogs. This book describes the history of the domestication and deification of the cow and bull and their intimate relation to humans. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) scares reveal its continued importance in daily life.