Due to bad weather, Odysseus and his men must take shelter in this cave off an island. Odysseus has one order, do not touch the cattle. He gave this order because the cattle belonged to the sun god, Helios. If they did, bad things would happen.
Do not touch the freaking cattle.... or else!
This severe weather lasted for weeks. The men stayed away from the cows, leaving them in peace. They didn't want to anger the gods,but with being there for so ling and having limited food, they were concerned.
As suspected, Odysseus and his men ran out of food. Now what was Odysseus to do? Weather conditions remained to dangerous to sail, so do they starve?
Odysseus! We're out of food! What are we going to do now?
Odysseus went off on his own to try and find an answer. The Eurylochus came to him and told him to sacrafice the noblest of the cattle to the gods.
Eat the freakin' cows man! Sacrafice them!
What should I Do!?
So Odysseus goes back and tells his men the plan. Sacrafice the nobelist of the cattle to the gods! Before the plan can go through, Odysseus falls asleep. His men go through with the plan and have a feast. The gods are angry.