Symbol and Sustenance: Cattle in South Asian Culture

  title={Symbol and Sustenance: Cattle in South Asian Culture},
  author={Deryck O. Lodrick},
  journal={Dialectical Anthropology},
  • D. O. Lodrick
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • History
  • Dialectical Anthropology
Domesticated Indian zebu cattle were present on the western margins of the South Asian subcontinent as early as 6000 B.C. Cattle were important in the agricultural economy of the Harappan civilization of the Indus Valley, but archaeological evidence suggests the bull was also assuming a symbolic or religious role in this culture during the third millennium B.C. There is, however, little to suggest that the cow was viewed as sacred. Following the decline of the Harappan civilization… 
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