Sacred Cows in Indo-European Religions

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Video

Tom Rowsell
by Survive the Jive
published on 10 April 2016

Cows are not just sacred to Hindus, they are a part of all Indo-European religions. From the Greeks and Romans to the Celts and Vikings all of them worshipped and sacrificed cows. This comes from a sacred primordial cow sacrifice in Proto-Indo-European (Aryan) myth which is quite similar to the Zoroastrian Gavaevodata, the Hindu Kamadhenu also known as Surabhi (सुरभि), or the Old Norse Auðumbla. The sacrifice of the cow itself by the first three men is very similar to the sacrifice of the bull by Mithras. The divine Aryan twins have parallels in Roman (Romulus and Remus) and Anglo-Saxon (Hengest and Horsa) origin myths.

All this shows that the cow is the most important and sacred of animals.

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Jive, S. T. (2016, April 10). Sacred Cows in Indo-European Religions. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/video/846/

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Jive, Survive T. "Sacred Cows in Indo-European Religions." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified April 10, 2016. https://www.ancient.eu/video/846/.

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Jive, Survive T. "Sacred Cows in Indo-European Religions." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 10 Apr 2016. Web. 22 Apr 2019.

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