taurobolium

taurobolium

[tawr-uh-boh-lee-uhm]
noun, plural taurobolia [tawr-uh-boh-lee-uh] .
1.
the sacrifice of a bull, followed by the baptism of neophytes in the blood, as practiced in the ancient rites of Mithras or Cybele.
2.
Fine Arts. a representation of the killing of a bull, as in Mithraic art.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Late Latin < Greek taurobólion, equivalent to tauroból(os) bull sacrifice (taûro(s) bull + bólos a cast, throw, akin to bolḗ a wound, bállein to throw) + -ion diminutive suffix

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