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

Finbar 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-113
    Number of pages13
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • milk, cow, early religious practice

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Animal Science and Zoology


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