February 13, 2009

"Don't worry, it won't smell like urine and will be tasty too."

Quaff some "gau jal" — "cow water" — the drink made from cow urine:
The drink is the latest attempt by [the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group] – to cleanse India of foreign influence and promote its ideology of Hindutva, or Hindu-ness.

Hindus revere cows and slaughtering them is illegal in most of India. Cow dung is traditionally used as a fuel and disinfectant in villages, while cow urine and dung are often consumed in rituals to "purify" those on the bottom rungs of the Hindu caste system.

In 2001, the RSS and its offshoots... began promoting cow urine as a cure for ailments ranging from liver disease to obesity and even cancer.
I don't mean to be culturally insensitive, but... ew. And to be a little bit positive, I do see how it might help with obesity.

IN THE COMMENTS: Apparently, if you must talk about the stimulus package, this thread is the appropriate place to gush forth.

43 comments:

bearbee said...

Cowca Cola. Will diet or flavored be available? Maybe Road-apple flavored?

Some birth control pills use estrogen derived from horse urine.

hdhouse said...

talk about trickle down theories....

jdeeripper said...

Why drink cow urine when you drink your own?

It's bizarre but true that Prime Minister Morarji Desai is most often remembered for his championing of Urine Therapy. He told journalist Khushwant Singh that he was advised to try drinking his own urine when in his 40s to cure piles (hemorrhoids), and he got immediate results. Thereafter he continued the practice and was quite open about it, saying that you should not do anything you would be ashamed of. Ironically his disciples do not like any reference to his urine therapy and thus betray his principle of leading open life.

AllenS said...

How about a new perfume: Rhapsody in Urine.

traditionalguy said...

These hindu Gods are not revered, they are worshiped. The cow is a symbol for the Cow God Spirit. They worship and come under the power of this Spirit thru rituals that include the humiliation of smearing themselves with cow dung. But this spirit is only one among many Gods in Hindu tradition. They are very tolerant of whatever Spirit you pick out of the Pantheon of 1000+ gods for your family to worship, so long as you tolerate and respect theirs.In fact, they are more tolerant of the sincere practice of religious faith traditions, such as Judeo-christian, than are most Christians.

Dudley Do-right said...

With all the legal eagles that frequent this site, this is what we choose to talk about. The Democrat party is about to vote themselves a trillion dollars to do whatever they want with and our elected "representatives" haven't even seen the bill they're voting on.

How about a discussion on whether the citizens of this country are being provided the representation the Constitution prescribes? i.e. if elected representatives are being coerced into voting on a bill they've never seen, let alone discussed, are the wishes of the citizens actually represented by the outcome of the vote?

Seems like taxation without representation was grounds for violent deeds....oh...sometime ago now.

rhhardin said...

Pregnant cows probably have all sorts of interesting FDA-banned chemicals in their urine.

Bob said...

Pissi-Cola. Dr. Pisser.

Henry said...

There's a beautiful pigment named "Indian Yellow" that traditionally came from (I was told) the urine of cows fed on mango leaves.

The story may or may not be true.

Henry said...

Dudley wrote: "With all the legal eagles that frequent this site, this is what we choose to talk about. The Democrat party is about to vote themselves a trillion dollars to do whatever they want with and our elected "representatives" haven't even seen the bill they're voting on."

Dud, we're talking about cow piss. Is that not close enough for you?

NotYourTypicalNewYorker said...

Hhmmnn...sounds like somebody had their sense of humor shot off in the war.I appreciate a light moment in the middle of this debacle surrounding us.

Psychedelic George said...

In 1978, the former Prime Minister of India, Morarji Desai, a longtime practitioner of urine therapy, spoke to Dan Rather on 60 Minutes about urine therapy. Desai stated that urine therapy was the perfect medical solution for the millions of Indians who cannot afford medical treatment.

From the Wikipedia "Urine Therapy" page.

Warning: Madonna is a practitioner.

rhhardin said...

The Indian Red crayola is for culoring the faces of Indians.

ricpic said...

I assume the top rung of the caste system thought it over and decided to give this particular form of purification a pass.

AllenS said...

Aha! Bill Clinton is into this also, and that's why Hillary wouldn't kiss him. It's all related, isn't it, Althouse?

Tibore said...

Ew! Ew!! EWWWWWW!

Mother of GOD Ewwwwwww!! Cold spinal shiver Ewwwww!!! WTF are they thinking Ewwwww!!! Holy Jesus level Ewwww!!!

kynefski said...

Hindu nationalism presents an under-appreciated threat to reality-based humanity. Meera Nanda's essay on fundamentalism and postmodernism provides an interesting perspective.

Pogo said...

Please visit Dr. Virendra Kumar Jain, Cow Urine Therapist.

Native Indian cow has hump on her back, and long fan shaped skin flap below neck. This is the identification of native Indian cow. We believe that hump serves as a pyramid and absorbs cosmic rays from the universe.

Cow urine enhances holiness and purity when spread in courtyard and home. Makes there is need to refocus, in a creative enterprise, on cow as a source of health, wealth and happiness. Cow urine has wonderful properties. It is used in purification of many strong poisons, sub poisons, metals, and sub metals, ras, maharas, and astrologist stones. Poisonous materials become poison less within 3 to 7 days if purified with it according to the Indian method.

For Cancer, AIDS, Asthma, Diabetes, Psoriasis, Eczema, Heart Diseases, Hypertension, Piles, Prostate, Liver, Kidney, Female Diseases, Hepatitis, Acidity, Fits, Ulcer, Spleen, Ear, Sexual Disorders, Nose, Eye, Cough & Cold, Migraine, Headache, Gout, Spondylitis, Sciatica and other diseases.

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EDH said...

Cow Water? No wonder the Beatles didn't sing about it after their trip to India.

I think Washington is pouring us a tall glass of Cow Water.

Bushman of the Kohlrabi said...

cow urine and dung are often consumed in rituals to "purify" those on the bottom rungs of the Hindu caste system

Are those in the upper rungs able to keep a straight face as they hand the piss/poop banquet to the poor untouchables?

rhhardin said...

Think of it as like Chinese cooking. Ideas of what is edible differ from Western ones.

Pogo said...

Plus makes there is bountiful gift for the Valentine.

Smilin' Jack said...

to cleanse India of foreign influence and promote its ideology of Hindutva, or Hindu-ness...cow urine and dung are often consumed in rituals....

Sounds like a sure-fire recruiting pitch for Hinduism: "Do you want to go to those fancy Western bars and restaurants and have a good time? Or do you want to be a true Hindu and eat cow shit?"

reader_iam said...

Dudley Do-Right now wants to tell us what to COMMENT about, even on a cow-piss thread, as if there haven't been plenty of posts/threads about the stimulus package etc.

OK, fine, Dudley Do-Right. Let's not discuss cow piss on this thread. Let's discuss the concept of pisseur de copie as it relates to kill-joy trolling on inapt threads.

AllenS said...

I hate to go all Dudley on everyone, but:

Obama: "What's in the package."

Hindu: "Stimulus urine."

reader_iam said...

AllenS: Your joke is funny. And Henry's quip was gold! Etc.

hdhouse said...

Dudley Do-right said...
With all the legal eagles that frequent this site, this is what we choose to talk about. The Democrat party is about to vote themselves a trillion dollars to do whatever they want with and our elected "representatives" haven't even seen the bill they're voting on."

Kinda reminds me of the Patriot Act doesn't it?

Your characterizations are sophomoric. Your conclusions are without foundation, just hype and hyperbole.

Change your name to Thinkright.

Trooper York said...

You should all listen to hdhouse.

Trooper York said...

About urine because he pees his depends every ten minutes so he knows a lot about urine.

Trooper York said...

Of course about politics, hd is full of shit.

blake said...

So busy this morning I didn't have a chance to read this thread.

And now it's had all the piss taken out of it.

BJM said...

The Japanese make a very popular bottled soft drink called "Kalpis" (Karupisu), an acquired taste for Western palates.

We also enjoyed Kraap! a tasty sweet-salty snack mix, very addictive.

Clyde said...

As I told a friend, if you're ever in India and you see a soft drink bottle with a picture of a cow and some indecipherable writing in some heathen alphabet on it, DON'T GO THERE!

I think I can add Hinduism to the list of religions I'll never convert to.

Legally Intoxicated (Retired) said...

If you could start digging in the sands of time, I'd be willing to bet that the priestly caste came up with this practice in the same manner that modern-day fraternities come up with creative cuisine with which to haze their pledges. Because after all, getting other people to eat disgusting things is funny at a primal level.

hdhouse said...

ohoh trooper york...and you used to admire me so :(~

wie schade

Trooper York said...

Well it's just that you don't see a dyed in the wool old school communist so much these days HD. But they seem to be making a comeback these days so you have a new set of childrens to swaddle in their red diapers.

Or depends as the case may be.

Icepick said...

How the Hell did India ever get to one billion people?

Icepick said...

I think Washington is pouring us a tall glass of Cow Water.

No, Washington is serving up cow shit. Shit sticks, but piss washes away.

Icepick said...

They could have at least used cat pee instead.

josil said...

You may want to rethink your position on cow urine. Wisconsin is still the Dairy State, isn't it? Think of the possibilities: A Urine Marketing Board, among others.

reader_iam said...

Icepick! Buddy, could use you elsewhere.

Icepick said...

Icepick! Buddy, could use you elsewhere.

What? What?! This won't result in me getting divorced, will it?

AllenS said...

Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow's husband is cooking her food in cow urine, and, well, she just isn't that hungry any more.