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CaptionThe bull is one of the animals associated with the late Hellenistic and Roman syncretic cult of Mithras in which the killing of the astral bull the tauroctony was as central in the cult as the Crucifixion was to contemporary Christians. The tauroctony was represented in every Mithraeum compare the very similar Enkidu tauroctony seal. An often-disputed suggestion connects remnants of Mithraic ritual to the survival or rise of bullfighting in Iberia and southern France where the legend of Saint Saturninus or Sernin of Toulouse and his protegé in Pamplona Saint Fermin at least are inseparably linked to bull-sacrifices by the vivid manner of their martryrdoms set by Christian hagiography in the 3rd century CE which was also the century in which Mithraism was most widely practiced. ____________ Temple of Mithras Walbrook is a Roman temple whose ruins were discovered in Walbrook a street in the City of London during rebuilding work in 1954. It is perhaps the most famous of all twentieth-century Roman discoveries in the City of London. Though the present location is at grade the original Mithraeum was built partly underground recalling the cave of Mithras where the Mithraic epiphany took place. In 2007 the Temple will be relocated to its original location beside the ancient Walbrook River as part of the demolition of Bucklersbury House and the creation of the new Walbrook Square development.
HeadlineTauroctony of Mithras at the British Museum London
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Creditwikimedia commons
Sourcecarnaval_com
Byline (Photographer)Mike Young
URLhttp://www.carnaval.com/mithras/

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