Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches: The Riddles of Culture
One of America's leading anthropolgists offers solutions to the perplexing question of why people behave the way they do.
Why do Hindus worship cows? Why do Jews and Moslems refuse to eat pork? Why did so many people in post-medieval Europe believe in witches?
Marvin Harris answers these and other perplexing questions about human behavior, showing that no matter how bizarre a people's behavior may seem, it always stems from identifiable and intelligble sources.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - keneumey - LibraryThing
I did not like this book. It never occurred to me to question why Hindus would rather starve than eat a sacred cow. This book seemed to me to be an old white guys anthropological "opinion," giving Western explanations for cultural practices. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - keristars - LibraryThing
Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches has often been cited in discussions about why religious customs are the way they are. I've seen it mentioned all over the web in the last ten years or so, but it was ... Read full review