Hemming, Jessica






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Hemming, Jessica, “Bos primigenius in Britain: or, why do fairy cows have red ears?”, Folklore 113:1 (April, 2002): 71–82.

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Article
Bos primigenius in Britain: or, why do fairy cows have red ears?”
Periodical
Folklore 113:1 (2002)
Volume
113
Pages
71–82
Description
Abstract (cited)
Many medievalists, especially scholars of Celtic literature, have observed that red-eared white animals are associated with fairies and other supernatural beings. What has not been satisfactorily answered is why this should be so. This article offers a possible explanation, suggesting that this widespread phenomenon is rooted not in fantasy but in zoology.
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Keywords
red-eared cows
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen