taurobolium


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taurobolium

(ˌtɔːrəˈbəʊlɪəm)
n
(Other Non-Christian Religions) the sacrificial slaughter of a bull practised in Rome from the 2nd century ad for the worship of the Great Mother of the Gods

taurobolium

a part of an ancient religious rite involving baptism in the blood of a sacrificed bull. Also tauroboly.
See also: Bulls and Bullfighting
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Caspar, too, had been reborn at his initiation into the Taurobolium, in a rite of death and rebirth during which the warm blood of the sacrificial bull washed clean his naked body.
There is considerable matter in Trombley (1993-4), though the assumption that taurobolium was a Mithraic ritual (I: 340; II: 26) does not inspire confidence.