Video length: 4 min.
In India, cows are true gods. They are part of the decor and live in total freedom, in cities and in the countryside.
At their own pace, the cows wander through all the Indian streets. On the asphalt, they have all the rights and all the priorities, even that of taking a break in the middle of traffic. And no question of getting excited: in India, cows are sacred. “Yes, sometimes they disturb us, but what can we do? Cows are like our mothers“, entrusts a passer-by to the journalists of France Televisions.
Hindus consider them to be deities. In a temple in the south of the country, cows are even worshiped. The service of the day is held with a humpback cow. For an hour, the monks sing in their honor, cover her with flowers and feed her. The staunchest practitioners even bow down at his feet. These cows would be the carnal envelope of all the Hindu gods. “The body of the cow is the residence of 330 million deities, explains a monk. By worshiping a cow, you are praying for all of these deities at the same time. The cow is a source of peace of mind, of spirituality.“
Erected by the nationalists as a symbol of Hindu identity, cows are increasingly protected. Eating and killing them is now prohibited in most parts of the country. They are even entitled to their own ambulance service, while theElderly animals can end their days in one of the 25,000 retirement homes dedicated to them.