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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Holy Cow!

One of the silliest arguments against drinking milk is that it's somehow "unnatural," as if all the other forms of food that humans eat - and that's virtually every plant and animal in the world - are somehow designed for human consumption.

But humans have been using cows, along with all the other major domesticated milkable animals, as a food source for thousands of years.

Recently, archaeologists have found in Gohar Tepe, in the Mazandaran province in Iran, statues of cows that are at least 3000 years old, indicating that cows were being worshipped even then.

According to the Cultural Heritage News Agency, Ali Mahforouzi, head of the excavation team, said:

Some cow statues have been discovered in the archaeological excavations of Gohar Tepe, one of which is left almost intact. These sculptures which are in shape of rhytons were being used in religious ceremonies....

The statue in the picture is the only one found intact. It's about 12 inches long, 4 inches high, and 5 inches wide. It's technically known as a rhyton, which are usually used in religious places. This one shows artistic mastery.

Civilization came to this region some 5000 years ago. They understood the value of cows and their milk for those who could drink it. How have we fallen behind them?

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