Sacred Cows

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Sacred Cows: A Lighthearted Look at Belief and Tradition Around the World is a non-fiction book by Seth Andrews first published on 2015-06-10. It is an popular anthropology book which focuses on the more unusual beliefs found throughout various religions and cultures around the world.


I bought this book at a CFI lecture event featuring Seth Andrews and bought it to support him. I finished reading it on 2019-10-23.


I own a signed first edition paperback.



  • The book has several detailed descriptions of the more bizarre beliefs that people hold like the Appalachian snake handlers, the Mormons with their magical underwear, tossing children off roofs (and catching them) for good luck, and many others.


  • Although they fit the cheek of the book, I'm not a huge fan of Vincent Deporter's illustrations, and a couple of them employ racist stereotypes.
  • I know Andrews was trying to keep this light-hearted, but I would have preferred he went into more depth about the various beliefs, especially where they came from, as well as why it's so hard for people to stop believing them.
  • Like Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason, this book doesn't indent paragraphs and uses full line-breaks between each, which is distracting to read.


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