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[[Image:Sacred Cows - Paperback - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|Paperback cover.]]
 
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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 describes some of the more unusual beliefs found throughout various [[religion]]s around the world.
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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 [[religion]]s and cultures around the world.
  
I bought this book at a CFI lecture event featuring Seth Andrews and bought it to support him.
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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.
  
 
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==Review==
 
==Review==
 
===Good===
 
===Good===
* The book has several detailed descriptions of the more bizarre beliefs that people hold like the Appalachian snake handlers, the Mormons and their magical underwear, and many others.
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* 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.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* Although they're fitting the cheek of the book, I'm not a huge fan of Vincent Deporter's illustrations, and some of them employ racist stereotypes.
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* 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.
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* 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.
 
* 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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Latest revision as of 13:23, 28 October 2019

Paperback cover.

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.

Status

I own a signed first edition paperback.

Review

Good

  • 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.

Bad

  • 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.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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