Ankole 3. Outside Mbarara, Kiruhura district, Western Region, Uganda, 2012
Mattu Pongal 6. Kannakurkkai district, Tamil Nadu, India, 2014
According to Hindu mythology, words whispered into the ear of a bull might be passed on to the gods. Guarding the temples of Lord Shiva are statues of Nandi the Bull, the dear companion and mount of the god himself. Reaching down to graze the foot of Nandi brings the promise of fertility, and here on Earth, cattle are the rare and precious emissaries of the divine realm.