Drinking Cow Urine

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Cow Urine! Now in Handy 12 oz Bottles?

As reported on the Huffington Post back in 2009, Gua Jal (cow water) may soon be on shelves in India. What is Gua Jal? Why, it’s bottled cow urine, of course.

Why Drink Cow Urine?

So, the obvious question would be, “Why?”. Well, as you may know, Hindus regard cows as sacred, and they will not harm them. Cow urine has been considered by some Hindus as a way to purify the body and treat sickness. This new cow urine drink sounds like a way to get closer to the cows they revere.

Who’s Making This Cow Urine Drink?

The drink is being created by a Hindu nationalist group called the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (or RSS). Their Cow Protection Department is responsible for this savory sounding urine beverage. They promise it won’t actually smell like urine and will be a healthy alternative to those toxin-laden sodas… although that may not be comforting enough to tempt some people into drinking cow pee. What is perhaps more interesting about this is the RSS is creating this drink as another attempt to rid India of foreign influences and promote Hindutva (or Hinduness). Gua Jal (cow water) is meant to be an alternative to American-created sodas like Coke and Pepsi. This particular Hindu group and some of its sub-groups work hard to remove any foreign interest, such as sodas and even non-hindu religions. They have even been accused of violence against Christians and foreign businesses. So, is this urine drink going to displace popular sodas and lure Hindus away from evil non-hindu influences? We’ll just have to see.

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