tauroctony

A portrayal of Mithras killing the wild bull, usually placed at the end of the Mithraeum.

tauroctony

tauroctony An artistic depiction of the mythic hero and ancient religious savior Mithras engaged in the ritual slaying of a bull. The literal act of sacrifice is known as taurobolium. As seen in The British Museum, London, England. Mithras is identified as a Persian god in the Zoroastrian tradition and Persian mythology. He was the god of ligh......
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Tauroctony

The tauroctony refers to a genre of cult reliefs which served as the central icon of the Mithraic Mysteries cult in the Roman world. They depicts Mithras, wearing a distinctive phrygian cap, killing a bull by stabbing it in the neck. The name `tauroctony` is a neologism given to the scene in modern times,{sfn|Beck|2006|p=17} probably after the G.....
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