A ceremonial ox of India: the mithan in nature, culture, and history, with notes on the domestication of common cattle
A report is given of a detailed study of the cultural geography of the mithan (Bos frontalis), a domesticated bovine that is not milked. Topics include the physical and behavioral characteristics of the mithan; its role in several ethnic groups of India; its role in society and economy; and its domestication, with reference to the domestication of common cattle.
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The Mithans Place in the Bovine World
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