By Hannah Velten
In case you are drawn to the historical past and evolution of the bovine race, this is often your e-book!
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26 Ironically, the distress of the animal would make its flesh ‘tougher’. Butchers had their own dogs which they would send out to round up a bull from the ﬁeld, chase it and ‘throw’ (pin) it to the ground. Once the bull was chained to a stake the dogs would be set at it, one by one. These specially bred dogs – bulldogs – were tenacious and brave. They would aim to ‘pin and hold’ the bull’s nose, its most tender part, which would render it helpless. The bull would retaliate by trying to get its horns under the dogs’ bellies and throw them into the air.
He was said to have attacked and killed the 3000-year-old primeval bull, Geush Urvan, and from the blood and semen of the bull sprung all animals and plants. Mithra ate 42 the flesh of the bull with the sun god, Sol, while they sat on the bull’s skin. The Romans renamed the god Mithras in 67 bc, and Mithraism reached its peak in ad 308, when it was declared the official religion of the Roman army. 9 Mithras was regarded as the god of light, justice and truth, and by feasting on bull’s flesh, the initiates would be able to triumph over their adversaries; giving them a moral victory over evil, and assuring them of salvation in this world, and in the afterlife.
He is left alone. But then, as Hemingway notes in Death in The Afternoon (1932): Lake Price, Chulos Playing the Bull, 1860–70, lithograph. A Chulo (roughly ‘dandy’) is the bullfighter’s assistant. 62 In the second act he is baffled completely by an unarmed man and very cruelly punished by the banderillas [harpoon-shaped darts] so that his conﬁdence and his blind rage go and he concentrates his hatred on an individual object . . When the banderillas are in he is done for. They are the sentencing.
Cow (Reaktion Books - Animal) by Hannah Velten