- the sacrifice of a bull, followed by the baptism of neophytes in the blood, as practiced in the ancient rites of Mithras or Cybele.
- Fine Arts. a representation of the killing of a bull, as in Mithraic art.
Origin of taurobolium
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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Examples from the Web for taurobolium
The details and effect of the ceremony were no doubt similar to those of the taurobolium.
The taurobolium is thought to have signified a death to the old life and a new birth into a higher, divine existence.
For example, the phrase, "reborn for eternity," occurs in connection with the blood-bath of the taurobolium.
This blood-bath, which is called the taurobolium, requires special attention.
Taurobolium, a sacrifice of expiation, very common in the third and fourth centuries.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)