The Sacred cow of India

India, 1987

Film
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A striking feature of India is the prevalence of cows in all the cities and the tolerance and respect with which they are treated. This film traces the origin of the sacred cow concept showing how it is supported, not only by religion but by the practical value of cattle and their products. The story leads the viewer through scenes of bull wrestling in the South, the colourful rural Vishnoi people of Rajasthan, the giant cattle fair of Brahmin priests and the the Hari Krishna cult, and the elevation of cows to divine status.

Credits

director
producer

Jim Dale

production company

Mediacast

Duration

00:50:00:00

Production places
India
Production dates
1987

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

36589

Language

English

Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Cattle

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → India - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Travel

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - India

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Hinduism

Short films

Short films → Short films - India

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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