Why cow is worshipped across cultures?

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GREAT PURIFIER

1.Cow is considered as the perfect purifier as it  enjoys a special place in healing and purification rituals across cultures and faiths

THE VEDIC LINK

2. It was found that cow has a vedic link as both cow dung and cow urine have been used in purifying rituals since the Vedic period. Cow dung contains disinfectants.

PARSI BELIEF

3. The ninth chapter of the Vendidad of the Avesta expounds the purificatory power of cow urine. It is declared to be a panacea for all bodily and moral evils, Nived Mistry, a Parsi scientist said.

IN CHINA AND EGYPT

4. Gyanis in China do not eat worship cow beef  while in ancient Egypt, animal sacrifice was a common practice but this did not include the cow. The cow was sacred due to its association with Goddess Hathor, who personified love, beauty, music, motherhood and joy. Hathor was often depicted as a cow goddess with horns on her head. The Bible describes Lebanon as the land of milk and honey. The beef taboo is fairly widespread in Burma, particularly within the Buddhist community.

JEWISH BELIEF

5. Jewish tradition says that a red heifer or cow heralds the Messianic era, an era of global peace and harmony

AN ECOSYSTEM

6. The cow is a walking, living, eating, ecosystem. The panchagavya or five products of the cow — milk, curd, ghee-butter, urine and dung — are used in pujas and rites of severe penance.

POWER OF MILK

7. Milk nourishes children as they grow up, and gobar or cow dung, is a major source of energy in households across India. Cow dung is sometimes added to the materials used to make the tilak that is drawn on the forehead. For us it is an earthy and useful natural product.

RELIGIOUS SANCTITY

8. The cow is, perhaps, the only animal whose fecal products enjoy religious sanctity. While Zoroastrians use nirang, or cow urine to cleanse impurities attached to things that have come into contact with the decomposing bodies of humans and animals, the people of Bali wrap the body along with a cow made of paper before cremation. With this, they believe that the soul of the dead would go to heaven.

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