Turkey's sacred dogs

Discussion in 'English Only' started by bloomcountry, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. bloomcountry

    bloomcountry Senior Member

    Russian, Spanish
    I have no clue about the meaning of these "sacred dogs" in this line, is it related to some mythical figure or divinity? Thanks:

    He has no squeamish taste: he could almost

    Eat things alive, in little bits, like birds -

    Or lick the streets like Turkey's sacred dogs.

    Ah, dogs! that strikes another woeful note.

    Reference: W. H. Davies, "The Philosophical Beggar":
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    As far as I am aware, as Turkey is an Islamic state, no dogs are sacred in the literal sense. The author means

    Or lick the streets like the dogs in Turkey that are nothing but a nuisance and are everywhere but nobody kills them.

    The author is referencing India's sacred cows: in India cows are sacred and cannot be killed, Sacred cows are everywhere and cause a lot of nuisance but nobody does anything about them.
  3. Chasint Senior Member

    English - England
    Turkey is known for having many feral cats and dogs roaming the streets. I don't believe they are sacred in the same sense as sacred cows. Maybe they just seem that way to the author. They are there. He doesn't like them. No-one wants to do anything about them.

    The Behavior of Turkish Street Dogs
    Posted in Turkish Cats and Dogs
    In our visits to several locations in Turkey, we saw many dogs on the loose on the streets.
    The True Traveller

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