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.
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How to use taurobolium in a sentence
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)
Sextilius Agefilaus Ædesius says, that he was born a-new, to life eternal, by means of the taurobolium and Criobolium.A Year's Journey through France and Part of Spain, Volume II (of 2) | Philip Thicknesse
For instance, you all know they had a custom of having their sins expiated by means of what they called taurobolium.Christianity and Modern Thought | Various
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.The Origin of Paul's Religion | J. Gresham Machen