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Kanages Ramesh

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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After breast milk, we grow up on cow milk.

The male of the species help in plowing the field: for rice our staple food. They have also been used as a mode of transport: to pull the bullock cart. A bullock cart was used both for travel and to bring produce to the market. Though an uncommon sight now, one can still see in villages a bullock cart being used to transport people, goods and produce. The bullocks sometimes struggling under the burden.

In ancient times, and still in rural areas, cow-dung was widely used in cultivations as a highly potent natural manure. Our ancestors nourished and survived on edible plants fertilized by it; a nutriment conducive to our propagation. In villages, dried cow dung cakes are also used as an alternative fuel — in place of firewood and fossil fuels — saving precious trees and preserving earth’s non-replenishable resources.

Cows are gentle animals and a peaceful sight to behold when you enter villages. Moving… undisturbed and leisurely, along village roads; grazing; resting under a tree, or someplace where there is shade — a ruminant ruminating on nothing in particular while chewing the cud — they are fitting embodiments of the unhurried pace of the surroundings. The peace and contentment of a detached lifestyle.

© Kanages Ramesh

“Cow: It has been associated since ancient times with the cosmic feminine principle, simultaneously symbolizing the lunar goddess and the Earth Mother”– Larousse Dictionary of World Folklore

“May All Beings Be Happy & Well!“ – Buddha

“To All Cows!”

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