Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program


Project Advisor 1

Yuka Suzuki

Project Advisor 2

Abou Farman

Abstract/Artist's Statement

The sacred cow exists in contemporary America, if you know where to look: among Yogis and biodynamic farmers who invoke her meaning in Hinduism and recontextualize her into the modern moment. This project examines the multi-dimensional significance of taking raw milk as spiritual sacrament in a yoga community. Discourse on this practice invokes the Vedic sacred cow and the ethical imperative of cow protectionism- alternative practices that compel a critical reflection on normative ideologies of species, personhood, gender, and exchange.

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