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It's Gonna Be Legen-Dairy Trivia Quiz


This is a followup to "Sacred Cows", focusing on cows that appear in folklore and mythology.

A multiple-choice quiz by parrotman2006. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
398,448
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
6 / 10
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320
Last 3 plays: bernie73 (4/10), Guest 31 (5/10), Guest 159 (5/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. A primeval cow named Audhumla that nourished the frost giant Ymir was part of what European mythological tradition?
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Question 2 of 10
2. Damona, the Celtic cow goddess, was often worshiped at what type of natural location?
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Question 3 of 10
3. The story of Dhol, a giant white cow from Indian mythology, most closely resembles what story from Greek mythology?
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Question 4 of 10
4. Worshipers of the Egyptian cow goddess Bat used what instrument to worship her? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The Egyptian goddess Hathor was in charge of a wide range of things. In what ancient Egyptian city was her cult centered?
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Question 6 of 10
6. Fuwch Frech, a magical cow, was part of the folklore of what part of the United Kingdom?
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Question 7 of 10
7. According to Irish folklore, what color was the cow goddess Glas Ghaibhneach? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. What was the name of the young woman who had an affair with Zeus and was turned into a cow?
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Question 9 of 10
9. What is the name of the "Cow of Plenty" in Hindu mythology? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What was the name of the legendary red cow from the Aizu region of Japan?
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. A primeval cow named Audhumla that nourished the frost giant Ymir was part of what European mythological tradition?

Answer: Norse

While the roots of the primeval cow are in Germanic mythology, Audhumla's specific link to Ymir is Nordic. The cow can be found in the "Prose Edda" written by Snorri Sturluson of Iceland.

Ymir, a frost giant, was part of the origin legend of Norse mythology. According to the legend, the cow's four teats created four rivers of milk, which Ymir drank.

Audhumla was also linked with the creation of Buri, the father of the gods. Over the course of three days, the cow licked salt blocks, which uncovered the god. The cow sustained herself by licking salt and frost from ice blocks. She was the only cow specifically referred to by name in the "Eddas".
2. Damona, the Celtic cow goddess, was often worshiped at what type of natural location?

Answer: hot springs

Damona, a Celtic goddess worshiped primarily in Gaul (ancient France), was linked with Apollo Borvo and Apollo Mortasgus, both healing deities who were linked to hot springs. Damona has also been linked with the Irish goddess Boand.

Damona was worshipped at Bourbonne-les-Bains and Saint Vulbas. Bourbonne les Bains is in the Haute-Marne in northeastern France, while Saint Vulbus is in southeastern France. Damona was the goddess of cows and her worship centered in Burgundy. Damona worship indicates the importance of cows to the development of agriculture and civilization in early France. Some of the earliest cave art in France depicts cattle.

Groves of trees, especially willows, were common sites for Druidic and Celtic pagan rituals. Vineyards and mountains would be unusual sites for religious rituals.
3. The story of Dhol, a giant white cow from Indian mythology, most closely resembles what story from Greek mythology?

Answer: Atlas

Dhol carried the world between her enormous horns, much as Atlas carried the sky on his shoulders. It is a common misconception that Atlas held the world upon his shoulders. Many statues help maintain the idea. Atlas was forced to hold up the heavens when he was on the losing side of a battle between the Titans and the Olympians. Atlas gave his name to the mountains in northwest Africa and indirectly to the Atlantic Ocean.

Promethus, the half brother of Atlas, was a Titan who was punished for giving fire to mankind. Icarus, the son of Daedalus, perished when he flew too close to the sun. Achilles was a mighty warrior whose only weakness was his heel; he was killed by Paris during the Trojan War.
4. Worshipers of the Egyptian cow goddess Bat used what instrument to worship her?

Answer: Sistrum

Bat was one of the earliest gods in the Egyptian pantheon, and was linked with the start of cattle herding during the Paleolithic Era. Bat eventually diminished in stature and was subsumed by the goddess Hathor. Bat was portrayed as both a cow and as a woman with cow-like features. Bat was primarily worshiped in the Sixth Nome of Upper Egypt.

The sistrum is a percussion instrument, similar to a maraca or tambourine in function. It was a metal frame with rings attached that jangled when shaken. It dates back over 3000 years, but is still used in modern religious ceremonies in Egypt.

A lyre is an early hand held harp. Pan flutes are tubed instruments that one blows into to create music. Drums were more likely to be used by soldiers, to set marching tempos, rather than in a religious context.
5. The Egyptian goddess Hathor was in charge of a wide range of things. In what ancient Egyptian city was her cult centered?

Answer: Dendera

Hathor was worshiped at Dendera. She was seen as the primordal goddess, the source of life. Hathor was in charge of the sun and moon, motherhood and fertility and love. Her association with love links her to Venus and Aphrodite, and she was often associated with the planet Venus. Hathor was generally portrayed as either a cow or a woman with horns. As a cow, the goddess was seen as the source of nourishment.

Dendera is located along the Nile, about 37 miles north of Luxor. The temple to Hathor was completed around the time of the Roman Emperor Tiberus, although the area has had a religious site dating back to the days of Khufu (26th century BC). Hathor was ultimately subsumed by the goddess Isis.

Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC. Memphis was the first capital of ancient Egypt and was basically located where modern day Cairo is. Luxor was a later capital of Egypt and contains some of the world's most spectacular temple ruins.
6. Fuwch Frech, a magical cow, was part of the folklore of what part of the United Kingdom?

Answer: Wales

Fuwch Frech was Welsh. She was described as a black and brown heifer who appeared to people in need to provide them with milk. A witch cursed the cow, who vanished into a lake near Cerrig-y-drudion, a small town in northwestern Wales.

The Dun Cow is part of the mythology of western England.
7. According to Irish folklore, what color was the cow goddess Glas Ghaibhneach?

Answer: gray

Glas Ghaibhneach was a gray cow, the gray cow of Goibniu, the god who provided an inexhausible feast. The cow was supposed to provide milk to the people of Ireland, but left for Scotland or Wales when it became offended by women selling its milk. Supposedly the Glas Ghaibneach died of humiliation because it was unable to fill a sieve.
8. What was the name of the young woman who had an affair with Zeus and was turned into a cow?

Answer: Io

Io was the daughter of Inachus and the nymph Melia. The god Zeus fell in love with her and seduced her. Either Hera, Zeus' wife, changed her into a cow out of jealousy, or Zeus changed her into a cow to protect her. Hera kept her under the watch of a 100 eyed guardian (Argos Panoptes) that Zeus was able to distract and ultimately kill.

Io escaped Hera's watch but was pursued by a gadfly. She crossed the Bosporus (literal translation: cow crossing), the site of modern day Istanbul. Zeus eventually changed Io back into a human, and her descendants included Perseus and Hercules.

Europa was a mortal that Zeus slept with; he changed himself into a bull. She gives us the name Europe. The nymph Callisto was turned into a bear; her legend gives us the constellation Ursa Major. Metis was the first wife of Zeus, and the mother of the goddess Athena.

Io, Callisto, Metis and Europa are also moons of the planet Jupiter.
9. What is the name of the "Cow of Plenty" in Hindu mythology?

Answer: Nandini

Nandini, who is sometimes called Kamadhenu and sometimes seen as the daughter of Kamadhenu, is a mystical cow that provides milk and also serves as a fertility goddess. Nadini is mentioned in both the "Mahabharata" and "Devi Bhagavata Purana". Nadina is linked with Bhishma, an incarnation of a Vasu deity, and King Dilip, an ancestor of the god Rama.

Akupara is a giant turtle that holds the world on its back. Suka is the giant parrot ridden by Kamadeva, the Hindu god of love and lust. Ganesha is an elephant headed god.
10. What was the name of the legendary red cow from the Aizu region of Japan?

Answer: Akabeko

Akabeko, which literally means red cow in Japanese, is a popular toy made out of wood that is covered in paper mache and painted red. The legend is based on a real cow that exited in 807 CE and which supposedly assisted in the building of the Enzo-ji Temple in Yanaizu. The Akabeko cow dolls are from the Fukishima Region, which is now famous as the site of one of the world's nuclear disasters ever recorded.

Amemasu is a large whale like creature. Bakeneko is a shape shifting cat.
Kitsune is a fox like creature in Japanese mythology.
Source: Author parrotman2006

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