Tired of seeing cows doing what they want, wherever they want, I was surprised when I saw two of them, in the Taj Mahal, tied to a car... working! Wrong impression - caws worked in the old Portugal, not in India. They were buffaloes, of course.
It's hard to a western guy to understand that difference between both animals, and reading doesn't help much.
It seems that the cult of cow comes from the Vedic times, when a celestial caw Kamadhenu, supplied to the owner all the needed milk, and became the mythological nourisher of all the earth.
However, buffalo milk seems to be better than caw milk so why the difference?
I read that injuring a caw is (or was) in India a serious crime, more serious than killing a person. Do you imagine my concern when, in Gwalior, a small cow decided to attack Fernanda, and I had to interpose myself?
Everything ended with a small scratch in my left hand, and I didn't even think about disinfection, because it was a blessed scratch. Or not?
My God! It's hard to adapt to so different cultures.