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A wide angled shot of the Minoan practice of men showing their bravery by leaping and somersaulting over bulls, a bit like a matador today only without the ritual killing. I've loaded a close up at left as a workshop. Taken at the Great Palace at Knossos. The fresco was painted around 1400 BCE.

"Representation of the Bull at the palace of Knossos is a widespread symbol in the art and decoration of this archaeological site. The assumption, widely debated by scholars, is that the iconography represents a ritual sport and/or performance in which human athletes literally vaulted over bulls as part of a ceremonial rite. This ritual it hypothesized to have consisted of an acrobatic leap over a bull, such that when the leaper grasped the bull's horns, the bull would violently jerk its neck upwards, giving the leaper the momentum necessary to perform somersaults and other acrobatic tricks or stunts."

Source: Wikipedia.

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