In India, food was cooked on dried dung cakes. The slow heat resulted in the Suous-vide like heavenly flavors for the pre-plastic bag cooking era. It was practical choice because the alternative involved in chopping trees and deforestation for firewood. Also the slow persistent heat allowed the females to multi-task and not worry about overcooked food.
We used to use ‘untreated’ cow dung as plaster on mud/clay walls, clay courtyard and practically every surface that if left untreated will result in cracks or a lot of dust formation if left untreated. Just like mopping this weekly plastering ritual of all earthly surfaces resulted in a clean (and surprisingly not foul smelling) houses.
Recently Gianantonio Locatelli from Italy has unveiled a May 2015 collection of intersting artifacts made from treated dung. Isn’t it interesting to see man making use of all the renewable resources available to it.