Famous Cows

Achelous

Greek river god who, while fighting Hercules in the form of bull, had one of his horns broken off which was later made into the Cornucopia. See the Encyclopedia Mythica.

Audhumla

Divine cow of Norse legend as described in the Encyclopedia Mythica.

Bat

Egyptian goddess. See the Encyclopedia Mythica.

Bessie the Cow

See Elsie the Cow

Blue Cow

Eponymously hued star of The Story Makers on CBeebies. The Story Makers website has a story to read and a picture to colour in.

Bully

Brown bull mascot of ITV's gameshow Bullseye, presented by Jim Bowen between 1981-1994. He came complete with horns, nose-ring, as well as darts outfit, and was known to moo.

Chaldan

"Bull-god of the Arends" in David Eddings's Belgariad.

Concrete Cows of Milton Keynes

See Milton Keynes Concrete Cows.

Cow Parade

On-going art project hosted by various cities around the world and initially in Chicago. Artists paint their own designs on one of three designs of white life-size sculptures of cows. The resulting works of art are put out to graze around the city. In summer 2002 Cow Parade came to London, and it was good.

Damona

Gallic goddess known as the Divine Cow.

Dhol

White Indian cow which carries the world on its horns as described in the Encyclopedia Mythica.

Dun Cow I

A cow credited with the founding of Durham by helping the monks carrying the coffin of St. Cuthbert to find Dun Holm. The legend is depicted on the city's Norman cathedral.

Dun Cow II

According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898), a vicious beast from Shropshire eventually killed by Guy of Warwick on Dunsmore Heath.

Elsie the Cow

A Jersey cow used in American advertising and adopted by the Borden Dairy whose website has a history of Elsie. The Dairy Farmers of Washington mention that she was previously called Flossie the Cow and Bessie the Cow.

Ermintrude

Pink cow from the Magic Roundabout. Apparently she was an Ayeshire.

Flossie the Cow

See Elsie the Cow

Fuwch Frech

Black and brown cow of Welsh folklore as described in the Encyclopedia Mythica and the Mystical World Wide Web.

Glas Ghaibhneach

Grey cow of Irish folklore. See the Encyclopedia Mythica.

Hathor

Egyptian goddess. See the Encyclopedia Mythica.

Hesat

Egyptian goddess. The Encyclopedia Mythica describes how the Egyptians called beer the milk of Hesat.

Io

Zeus fell in love with the human Io who was turned into a cow by either Zeus or Hera depending on the version of the legend. The excellently named Hugo van der Molen's scripophily site: a collection of historic bonds and shares has a description of both versions which also explain why the Ionian Sea and the Bosphorus are so called.

Laughing Cow

See Vache qui rit

Mehturt

Egyptian Goddess. See the Encyclopedia Mythica.

Milka Cow

Purple cow used for marketing chocolate as modestly presented on the German Milka website.

Milton Keynes Concrete Cows

The concrete cows of Milton Keynes were built in 1978 by artist Liz Leyh. H2G2 has a good description of their history, including some of the more dramatic acts of vandalism that have occurred to them. Some good pictures can be found on the Clutch site. However, for a full 360 degree view of the herd, see the BBC Beds, Bucks, and Herts site, which also furnished the above links.

Minotaur

Half bull/half human son of Minos's wife and a white bull given to Minos by Poseidon. Read the Encyclopedia Mythica for the full story of the Minotaur's life and death at the hands of Theseus. The blood-curdlingly thrilling excitement of the latter encounter is more than amply conveyed in this Theseus and the Minotaur game.

Mrs O'Leary's Cow

A cow belonging to Mrs O'Leary which allegedly started the great fire of Chicago in 1971, presumably by accident, although the story is now thought to be made up. See Cattle through history from the Dairy Farmers of Washington.

Nandini

The Hindu cow of plenty.

Sechat-Hor

Egyptian goddess.

Sentait

Egyptian goddess.

South Park Cows

The cows in South Park. Also the name of the World Dodgeball Championship winning team from South Park who beat the reigning Chinese champions in episode 205: Conjoined Fetus Lady.

Taurus

The name used by Zeus when he took the shape of a white bull to seduce Europa, according to the Eastbay Astronomical Society, which also tells the story of the origin of the constellation of the same name. Taurus is, of course, the sign of the Zodiac for 21 April to 22 May.

Vache qui rit

Red cow used by Bel to market Laughing Cow cheese. The cow has a long history.

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