May 15, 2014 Updated: May 15, 2014 18:59:00
Bulls have fascinated humanity throughout history, which is why they figure prominently in so many cultures dating back thousands of years. There is an entire mythology surrounding bulls dating back to the paleolithic era, when they were portrayed in the cave paintings in Lascaux and Livernon in France, and to the false idol of the golden calf cited in the bible.
The fascination continues to this day, whether it is the bullfighting of the Spanish-speaking world, the running of the bulls in Pamplona, rodeos in North America and even, in the UAE, fights between bulls in Fujairah.
As The National reported yesterday, another example is Jallikattu, a form of bull wrestling played in India’s Tamil Nadu state which India’s Supreme Court banned as “a barbaric event”, even though the bulls are not killed. This is an animal rights issue but also a matter of human history and tradition. One hopes the welfare concerns can be assuaged so that this sport is not lost entirely to the community that treasures it.
This news article has been reproduced from “The National” (Online edition) – dated May 15, 2014.
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