Elephants and buffalo

Today, riding around with the valve men and assistant engineer in Old Hubli I saw the elephant who lives there, gleaning bananas and papaya from the market vendors. According to my friend Sneha, “the elephant is a god to us. Ganesha is a remover of obstacles. So we feel that if we give food to the elephant, we will get blessed.” the elephant also knows take money, toss it to it’s mahout, and then bless the giver by touching the top of your head with it’s trunk. I wasn’t quick enough with the cash, so missed the blessing today.

The buffalo graze outside my window, get washed in the wastewater river, and give milk that is delivered by bicycle each night. The goats and sheep presumably give milk and meat. The chickens are very pretty. The cows are everywhere– the males, and the females too old to give milk, are turned out to “pasture” on the streets, where they eat compost and trash. The pigs are only rarely eaten (by Christians?) but until then roam feral eating grass and scrapping with the feral dogs.

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~ by waterunderground on July 7, 2011.

2 Responses to “Elephants and buffalo”

  1. Cleo,

    I LOVE GETTING THESE POSTS! THE ANIMALS ARE SO PLENTIFUL –
    COMPARED TO ALL THE WORK NOVELLA HAS TO DO TO GET ONE READY TO EAT! WAYS OF LIFE.

    PETER

  2. Very interesting! Note that the bovine in these pictures are not all water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)– the whiter bovines eating leaves on the street are in fact the common cow, from a different genus altogether (bos primigenius).

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