Thursday, April 16, 2009

reciprocation...! Old Royal Palace, Nepal

scholars believe the tradition of sacred Cow came to Hinduism through the influence of strictly vegetarian "Jainism" a religion that emphasizes complete non-violence and asceticism. which began in the sixth century BC in India.
By the early centuries AD, the cow was designated as the appropriate gift to the brahmans (high-caste priests) and it was soon said that to kill a cow is equal to killing a brahman. The importance of the pastoral element in the Krishna stories, particularly from the 10th century onward, further reinforced the sanctity of the cow.

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