In Hinduism, cows are thought to be sacred, or deeply respected. They are held in high esteem and Hindus worship cows. Cows are seen as a ‘caregiver’ or maternal figure. One Hindu goddess, Bhoomi (भुमि), is usually shown in the form of a cow. She represents the Earth. Most Hindus respect cows for their gentle nature, and also represent strength. Hindus who eat meat will avoid eating beef.
There is a festival to thank cows for serving farmers for agriculture, This festival is called as “Mattupongal” which is one among the four days of the grand Indian festival called the Pongal which is completely focused on thanking each and every agricultural implement.
Scandinavia where from the udder of the Cow of Creation flowed the four primordial rivers (four streams of milk) that nourished the oldest race of beings.
Egypt Mother Hathor was revered as the heavenly cow whose udder produced the Milky Way and who daily gave birth to the sun, Horus–Ra, her Golden Calf.
This country too was the gift of the Milk-giver, whom Etruscans called Lat, Arabs called Al-Lat, Greeks called Latona, Lada, Leto or Leda. She ruled Latium and gave her milk (latte) to the world. All Europe was named after the Goddess as a white Moon-cow, whom the Greeks mated to the white
Cow’s horns in their turn were also symbols of plenty, abundance,
In Celtic mythology, the cattle goddess was known as Damona in Celtic Gaul and Boann in Celtic Ireland.
In Greek mythology, the Cattle of Helios pastured on the island of Thrinacia, which is believed to be modern Sicily. Helios, the sun god, is said to have had seven herds of oxen and seven flocks of sheep, each numbering fifty head. A hecatomb was a sacrifice to the gods Apollo, Athena, and Hera, of 100 cattle (hekaton = one hundred).
In Norse mythology, the primeval cow Auðumbla suckled the ancestor of the Frost Giants, Ymir, and licked Odin’s grandfather, Búri, out of the ice.
Among the Visigoths, the oxen pulling the wagon with the corpse of Saint Emilian lead to the correct burial site (San Millán de la Cogolla, La Rioja).