On Tue, 19 Dec 2006 09:59:25 -0800, Candon McLean
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Could you comment on why a _cumal_ was equal to 3 milch cows as
>opposed to the 3 cows ready to be cooked on the barby? Were milch
>cows worth more?
Yes indeed, for the same reason they still are. A dead cow has value only
as flesh for consumption. But a live cow which is giving milk has value as
(a) potential meat, (b) the provider of a milk and (c) the provider
(annually) of a calf.