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Cows & Bulls 8

Posted by
Devi (Chennai, India) on 21 July 2017 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The dung is collected only from the cows
( not from Bulls...ha ha ha you can't call it bull shit :))).
They get the best feed starting with a tub of soaked and ground cotton seed which is supposed to be very healthy. They graze on fresh green grass and plants on the hill. They also eat the hay. They are givens greens and bananas and fruits. Cow's milk is very healthy. Now the cakes are heaped on a clean ground which has been cleansed with cow dung( in olden days, before the era of soaps and detergents, cow dung was used as a purification agent. )There are priests who are called to repeat some chants for half an hour and then camphor is lit , coconuts offered and the camphor is dropped on the heap of dry cakes. They burn very very slowly and after a day we can see a mount of ash. This is strained in a huge strainer and used as Sacred Ash. The sacred ash has some medical properties too. They are good cure for insect bites too.

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tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très attrayantes explications. )

21 Jul 2017 5:32am

@tataray: Merci beaucoup tataray :)

Captain Guildive Ajoupa from Saint Nazaire Pays de la Loire, France

Une tradition vraiment intéressante à lire.

21 Jul 2017 6:47am

@Captain Guildive Ajoupa: Merci beaucoup Captain :)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Très intéressant

21 Jul 2017 8:03am

@jpla: Merci beaucoup jpla :)

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

Very special

21 Jul 2017 10:41am

@Aly: Yes:)))Indeed :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Gosh, my eyes and mind are being opened, I learn so much here!

21 Jul 2017 11:08am

@Curly: Thank you Curly..Happy to see there is no sense of revulsion here ! The next image and content might shock you out of your skin!!! I am warning you :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

An interesting ritual and idea. I have some sacred ash and now I know its source :) However I'm not sure about the environmental credentials of this process. Surely the dug is needed to be recycled into grass and more fodder for the cows

21 Jul 2017 11:44am

@grouser: Grouser All temples all over India give this as a token offering to the devotees. You rub this on insect bites, it works. In every house there will be a small box in which this powder is stored. The bull dung is used as fertiliser:)))))))))))))) " I have some sacred ash and now I know it's source " Ha ha ha !! Have you flushed it down the drain Grouser ? :)))))

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue quel tas et forme quel rendu génial.

21 Jul 2017 1:41pm

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou mon ami:))

Don from Spokane, United States

An interesting use for this animal waste. Nice picture, but it takes the account to make good sense of the shot.

21 Jul 2017 2:42pm

@Don: Thank you Don. One can also mix a pinch of this in water and drink :))

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

An interesting variant, and also well-photographed in this way.

21 Jul 2017 2:50pm

@Willem: Thank you very much Willem :)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Oh ...very interesting !

21 Jul 2017 3:14pm

@Mhelene: Thank you Mhelene :)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Very interesting your explanation! Admirable results! And admirable his culture Devi... HUGS!

21 Jul 2017 3:22pm

@Adela Fonts: Thank you very much Adela :)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I never thought I would say this, but the cow dung ash looks sparkly and lovely here. Thank you for your explanation.

21 Jul 2017 3:52pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you very much Ruthie ;))) I am a sport..and would never have taken amiss even if you had said, " Yuck!!!" :))))

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Quite an amazing use for the cow dung. I would never have guessed.

21 Jul 2017 4:44pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you you Steve:) But tomorrow's image will certainly be a shocker :))

Sam from Chennai, India

Another interesting image in this series. Sacred Ash.
Manthiramaavathu neeru ... Thiru Aalavaayaan thiruneere :)

21 Jul 2017 5:34pm

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam :) Every morning and evening after my bath, when I apply ThiruneeRu, I say these words "Mandhiramaavathu neeRu Marundhaavathu neeRu Sundaramaavathu neeRu..." and apply this and also put a pinch in my mouth . I feel that I have had no major health setbacks in life ONLY BECAUSE OF THIS...It is a Booster Shot and the habit dates from my childhood!! !!!

yo from Ile de France, France

Merci beaucoup Devi pour ce document exceptionnel !

21 Jul 2017 7:05pm

@yo: Merci beaucoup Yo :)

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

I like the light on the background.

21 Jul 2017 8:14pm

@fateme@@: Thank you fateme :)

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is just so interesting and you explained it perfectly! Those cows are so well fed! They have a wonderful diet! It is something that I never would have expected!

21 Jul 2017 11:57pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you for the appreciation Elaine.I cherish this comment :)

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Quite interesting.

22 Jul 2017 12:21am

@Irene: Thank you very much Irene:)

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

This is very interesting.

22 Jul 2017 2:26am

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you Michael :)

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

amaizing the way the traditional ways make use of everything,

22 Jul 2017 2:46am

@Harry: Yes harry !! Many of the age old traditions do carry weight !

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien ce gris

22 Jul 2017 7:44am

@L'Angevine: Merci beaucoup L'Angevine:) Bon weekend :)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Excellent sustainability !!

22 Jul 2017 9:21am

@Hiro: Thank you very much Hiro:) Have a nice weekend :)

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Great information accompanied with this informative photo.

22 Jul 2017 12:10pm

@Lewis: Thank you very much Lewis :)

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, lights & graphics!

22 Jul 2017 2:48pm

@omid: Thank you very much Omid:)

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Impressive heap of ash! Thank you for these explanations!

22 Jul 2017 3:43pm

@Mireille T.: Thank you Mireille for all your previous comments too:)

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