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Cows, milk and religion: the use of dairy produce in early societies

By F. McCormick

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This review of documentary sources, particularly from Early Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and Europe seeks to show how the range of dairy products varied in different areas and to demonstrate that in many societies, cows and dairying played an important role in early religious practice. The range of dairy products consumed also varied greatly between different societies and the use of milk did not automatically imply that dairying technology was applied to its full potential. Also, in some cultures the consumption of milk was confined to certain sections of society.

Publication Title Anthropozoologica
Volume 47
Issue 2
Pages 99-111
ISBN/ISSN 0761-3032
Language English
Author Address School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University, Belfast, UK.f.mccormick@qub.ac.uk
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  1. Africa
  2. Animals
  3. Asia
  4. Bovidae
  5. Cattle
  6. Commonwealth of Nations
  7. Dairy produce
  8. Developing countries
  9. Egypt
  10. Europe
  11. India
  12. Mammals
  13. Mediterranean region
  14. Milk and dairy products
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Religions
  17. Reviews
  18. Ruminants
  19. Societies
  20. ungulates
  21. vertebrates
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