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   Undertoad  Thursday Jan 20 01:33 PM

1/20/2005: Hindu bull taming



Maybe you think the Spanish "running of the bulls" is a insane, needless, violent celebration that puts too many people and too many bulls in danger. But it's nothing compared to the Indian "jallikattu", sometimes part of the Indian Pongal, what sounds like a harvest/new season/thanksgiving sort of four-day holiday.

According to the wikipedia entry on Jallikattu: In Jallikattu, an agitated bull is set to run in an open space. Several people, empty handed, try to tame it by controlling its horns. The winner gets a prize, which is generally tied to the horns of the bull. On most occasions, the bulls are intoxicated with alcohol. Only men take part in this macho game. Sometimes, more than one bull is loose at the same time. The village farmers take this game as a display of their masculine strength. Betting is also common during the game.

Get the bull drunk and try to pull gold chains off of its horns. This year 13 people died and about 500 were wounded. Nice little practice!? This Telegraph story has more info.



Elspode  Thursday Jan 20 02:08 PM

I'm guessing that this guy in the pic with his neck bent double and the bull stoming on his chin (apparently) was one of the fatalities?



lookout123  Thursday Jan 20 02:28 PM

nah, but he is going to need a chiropractor. if i were a backcracker, i would move to the region and start traveling and sponsoring these events.



tweek  Thursday Jan 20 02:33 PM

What a douchebag. loll



lookout123  Thursday Jan 20 02:35 PM

what? a little creative capitalism is a bad thing?



Elspode  Thursday Jan 20 04:14 PM

Anyone who does anything this stupid, *on purpose*, deserves to be profiteered upon.



chrisinhouston  Thursday Jan 20 04:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
I'm guessing that this guy in the pic with his neck bent double and the bull stoming on his chin (apparently) was one of the fatalities?
No he's just doing his yoga.


lookout123  Thursday Jan 20 04:41 PM

i think this thread could have something to do with evolutionary theory. not meaning life came from non-life, but more along the lines of survival of the fittest. if life really is a darwinian process, shouldn't the shallow end of the gene pool, be just about empty? how exactly do you find groups of people (excluding fraternities) that are stupid enough to see the consequences of this hobby and say, "yeah, let's do that some more"?



chrisinhouston  Thursday Jan 20 04:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
On most occasions, the bulls are intoxicated with alcohol.

Yea and I daresay so are most of those idiots out chasing the bulls!


Trilby  Thursday Jan 20 05:05 PM

I'd just like to take this opportunity to point out that there are no women in the pic and I doubt there are any within miles. You never see groups of females doing this sort of thing. Hmmmm...wonder what it all means...



jinx  Thursday Jan 20 05:12 PM

We don't need to display our masculine strength?



Clodfobble  Thursday Jan 20 05:15 PM

My masculine strength just happens to all be in my husband's body.



capnhowdy  Thursday Jan 20 05:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I'd just like to take this opportunity to point out that there are no women in the pic and I doubt there are any within miles. You never see groups of females doing this sort of thing. Hmmmm...wonder what it all means...
Quite an observation, Brianna.
There is a reason for that. Most women (I said MOST; not pointing any fingers, especially at you), are already busy getting drunk and chasing drunk men around in a futile effort to "tame" them. Only there are no prizes. Or are there?


wolf  Thursday Jan 20 09:37 PM

If this gets around you know for sure next year there is going to be a team of angry feminists demanding their turn at dying at the hands ... er ... horns of the bull.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 20 10:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I'd just like to take this opportunity to point out that there are no women in the pic and I doubt there are any within miles. You never see groups of females doing this sort of thing. Hmmmm...wonder what it all means...
From the link;
Quote:
The less brave - or foolhardy - watch from high bamboo platforms, along with the tourists, women and old men.
High intelligence = high platforms.


Elspode  Friday Jan 21 01:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by wolf
If this gets around you know for sure next year there is going to be a team of angry feminists demanding their turn at dying at the hands ... er ... horns of the bull.
Even more people deserving to be profiteered upon and removed from the gene pool! :p


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