Ganeshan Palsamy makes more than 100 varieties of handcrafted cow dung artefacts. Photo: Kamala Thiagarajan

Shampoo made from cow dung? Yes, toothpaste too, and art – Indian entrepreneurs milk Hindu love of all things bovine

  • A growing number of people in India are selling products made from cow dung and urine – some exploiting their reputed antiseptic properties
  • Religious artefacts, wall hangings, personal care products such as facial washes and under-eye gel – even tea made from cow urine – find ready buyers
Topic |   Art

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Ganeshan Palsamy makes more than 100 varieties of handcrafted cow dung artefacts. Photo: Kamala Thiagarajan
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Kamala Thiagarajan

Kamala Thiagarajan

Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, southern India. She reports on human interest, health, development, gender issues and has been published in the New York Times, BBC, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, NPR’s Goats & Soda and more.