1971 - comments on alan heston's 'an approach to the sacred cow of india current anthropology 12: 199-201 1972 - portugal's contribution to the underdevelopment of africa and brazil in ronald chilcote, ed, protest and resistance in angola and brazil berkeley: university of california press, pp 209 –223 1974. Anthropologist marvin harris ruminated on perfectly rational explanations for the hindu taboo of cow slaughter that go beyond religion in his 1974 book cows, pigs, wars and witches, he explained how cattle figure in the indian ecosystem in ways that are easily overlooked or demeaned by observers from. Marvin harris (from the book jacket of cultural materialism, random marvin harris, one of the most prominent contributors to ing he did to write the cultural ecology of india's sacred cattle (1966) again attacking the primacy of the ideo- logical over the material, harris was concerned with dem. The pdf file you selected should load here if your web browser has a pdf reader plug-in installed (for example, a recent version of adobe acrobat reader) if you would like more information about how to print, save, and work with pdfs, highwire press provides a helpful frequently asked questions about pdfs. In this brilliant and profound study the distinguished american anthropologist marvin harris shows how the endless varieties of cultural behavior -- often so puzzling at first glance -- can be explained as adaptations to particular ecological conditions his aim is to account for the evolution of cultural forms as.
His book, good to eat: riddles of food and culture (also published under the title of the sacred cow and the abominable pig) contained a detailed discussion of why so few people in china and india ever became li and why so many northern europeans did i drew heavily on this analysis for my book, milk is not for every. The sacred cow and the abominable pig: riddles of food and culture (a touchstone book) [marvin harris] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the sacred cow and the abominable pig: riddles of food and culture (a touchstone book. Harris argues that there was a spiritual explanation behind why the cow had become deemed a sacred animal as far back as 200 ad, brahmin priests had began stressing the divine nature of the cow and had started instructing followers to not engage in anything that would demean the animal even prior to that, harris. Scientifically speaking, marvin harris tells us, human beings are omnivores - between us we manage to consume an enormous number of different substances, animal, vegetable and as even the briefest summary suggests, what mr harris calls ''the riddle of the sacred cow'' is a complicated one.
Summary and analysis of india's sacred cow by marvin harris india's sacred cow by marvin harris explicates the religious, social, and even practical uses of the cow, strengthening indians' belief in the sanctity of the domesticated animal harris' thesis argues that [t]he sacredness of the human cow is. The cultural ecology of india's sacred cattle by marvin harris in this paper i attempt to indicate certain puzzling in- consistencies in prevailing interpretations of the ecological role of bovine cattle in india my argument is based upon intensive reading-i have never seen a sacred cow, nor been to india as a non- specialist, no. The relationship between human and bovine population in india has hitherto been widely regarded as an important example of resource mismanagement under the influence of religious doctrine it is suggested that insufficient attention has been paid to such positive-functioned features of the hindu cattle complex as. The scholarly article the cultural ecology of india's sacred cattle by marvin harris february 1966, is about the “prevailing interpretations of the ecological role of bovine cattle in india” this article talks about how people in india think cows are sacred and should only be eaten as a taboo and how their culture should be.
Thus, the phenomenon of the “sacred cow” within india is directly observed an impassioned controversy has been stirring for over 50 years in the great struggle to uncover the origin of the cow's rise to sacred status in india the debate has been led by the arguments of marvin harris, a renowned cultural. India's sacred cow marvin harris other people's religious practices and beliefs may often appear to be wasteful they seem to involve a large expenditure of scarce resources on ritual they contain taboos that restrict the use of apparently useful materials their existence seemsirrational in the face of ecological needs. Note: shepard is referring to anthropologist marvin harris, who argued in his book cannibals and kings: the origins of cultures (vintage books new york, 1991) that the hindu brahmins who once supervised the slaughter of cattle prohibited such killing for food in times of drought and food scarcity because people would. Harris does great job of describing the material bases for numerous cultural phenomena, beginning with the sacred cows of hinduism, and moving on through the roots of the worship and hatred of pigs, messianic military leadership and christianity, to witchcraft, anti-witch pogroms, and the counter-culture something i.
I welcome questions, comments, or concerns about the material contained in this video rating: (out of ) you can purchase this book at:. Abstract contrary to marvin harris's hypothesis, desiccation and population increase in india following 1000 bc are highly unlikely to have been the origin of the hindu ban on cow slaughter and beef eating in many places in present- day india,wild and stray cattle are serious problem to farmers the sacred-cow concept. The cultural ecology of india's sacred cow article in current anthropology 33(1) february 1992 with 374 reads doi: 101086/204026 cite this publication marvin harris abstract the relationship between human and bovine population in india has hitherto been widely regarded as an important example of resource. Bonus question: what's the deal with this picture other questions to ponder: fried believes that the force that drives political evolution is the control over production and distribution of resources he proposes an evolutionary model stage a (egalitarian organization) - stage b (rank society) - state c.
Get this from a library the sacred cow and the abominable pig : riddles of food and culture [marvin harris. Harris, marvin 1927 culture, people, nature: an introduction to general anthropology new york: crowell harris, marvin 1966 the cultural ecology of india's sacred cattle current anthropology 7:51-66 harris, marvin 1968 the rise of anthropological theory: a history of theories of culture new york: crowell harris. Harris, marvin 1980 (original 1964) patterns of race in the americas greenwood press reprint isbn 0313223599 harris, marvin 1966 the cultural ecology of india's sacred cattle columbia university press harris, marvin 1968 big bust on morningside heights in the nation june 10, pp757-763.
Marvin harris' goal is nothing less than to lay the foundations for the scientific study of society, and woe betide anyone who gets in the way evaluate harris' criticisms, he appears to have done a very effective hatchet job on many of the sacred cows of anthropology (and the indian sacred cow complex is one of his major. I've read this book twice already, and on the third time, i'm still getting new perspectives from harris' masterful analysis of puzzling cultural phenomena like religious dietary restrictions (why are cows sacred and pigs aren't), cargo cults ( why are some countries rich and others poor), and witch hunts (what did religion have.
Do you think it would be more rational to slaughter “sacred cows” for food than to protect them with religious prohibitions if you are of northern european origin, your answer to these questions is likely “yes” after reading harris's most recent book, good to eat, your answer to the first two likely will still be affirmative, but you. India's sacred cow 1 marvin harris 3 religion is somehow good for the soul, even if it sometimes fails the body hinduism an irrational ideology that compels people to overlook abundant nutritious food for scarcer, less healthful foods absurd devotion to the. Cows are considered sacred by hindus, but those who want to protect these creatures must deal with those who think cows are little more than a nuisance. Marvin harris, a controversial anthropologist who espoused those theories and many more, has died he was audiences, often had titles as intriguing as the theories they documented: cows, pigs, wars and witches, cannibals and kings, good to eat and the sacred cow and the abominable pig.