The Power of the Bull

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Overview

Everyone has heard of the Minotaur in the labyrinth on Crete and many know that the Greek gods would adopt the guise of a bull to seduce mortal women. But what lies behind these legends?

The Power of the Bull discusses mankind's enduring obsession with

bulls. The bull is an almost universal symbol throughout Indo-European cultures and cults proliferated in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Michael Rice's examination of the bull from earliest prehistory onwards reveals it to be a symbol of political authority, sexual potency,

economic wealth and vast subterranean powers. In some areas representations of the bull have varied little from the end of antiquity, in others it has changed vastly over centuries. This volume provides a well-illustrated and accessible analysis of the exceptionally rich, artistic

inheritance associated with the bull.

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Examines the phenomenon of mankind's obsessions with bulls, especially the now extinct , and looks at evidence for cults associated with bulls in the Levant, the Sahara, Anatolia, Egypt, Iran, Britain, Greece, and Cyprus. Discusses the psychological and other motivations which underlie the cult and considers the evidence of early astronomy as well as the putative homosexual elements of rituals associated with bull cults. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415090322
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Rice is well known for his work in the planning and designing of museums throughout the Arabian peninsula. He is also the highly respected author of Egypt's Making (1990), Archaeology of the Arabian Gulf (1994) and Egypt's Legacy (1997).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Map
Pt. I The Origins of the Bull-cult
1 The Bull-cult in the Ancient World 3
2 The Nature of the Cult 10
3 The Mind of Man 31
4 The Bull as Sacrificial Victim 41
Pt. II The Realm of the Bull
5 The Bull and the Upper Palaeolithic Hunters 53
6 Settlement, Domestication and Urbanization 62
7 Catal Huyuk and the Bull in Anatolia 72
8 The Bull in Mesopotamia 85
9 The Bull in Persia 105
10 The Royal and Divine Bull of Egypt 116
11 The Bull in the Eastern Mediterranean 153
12 Arabia and the 'Islands of the Bulls' 162
13 Crete and the Bull-games 198
14 The Bull and Europa 220
15 The Bull in Cyprus 237
Pt. III The Legacy of the Bull
16 The Bull and the Boys 251
17 Man-bull, Bull-man 262
18 The Bull in Splendour and in Shame 274
Abbreviations 285
Notes 286
Bibliography 303
Index 309
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