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Eruthazhuvuthal aka Jallikattu or Sallikattu
‘Legacy Of Tamils Valour’

Eruthazhuvuthal is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebration. It is one of the oldest living ancient sports seen in the modern era. Although it sounds similar to the Spanish running of the bulls, it is different. In Eruthazhuvuthal, the bull is not killed and the ‘matadors’ are not supposed to use any weapon. It is held in the villages of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festivals held from January to July, every year. The one held in Alanganallur, near Madurai, is one of the more popular events. This sport is also known as “Manju Virattu”, meaning “chasing the bull”.

The term ‘jallikattu,’ comes from Tamil terms ‘salli kaasu’ (coins) and ‘kattu’ (a package) tied to the horns of bulls as prize money. Later, in the colonial period, this term changed to ‘jallikattu.’

Understanding Eruthazhuvuthal is based on the simple concept of “flight or fight”. Cattle are herd and prey animals and run away from dangerous situations, but there are exceptions. Cape buffalos stand up against lions and often kill them. The Indian Gaur bull is known for standing its ground against predators and tigers are wary of attacking a full grown Gaur bull. Aurochs, the ancestors of domestic cattle, were known for their pugnacious nature. Eruthazhuvuthal bulls belong to a few specific breeds of cattle that descended from the kangayam breed of cattle and these cattle are pugnacious by nature. These cattle are reared in large herds numbering in the hundreds, with a few cowherds tending to them. These cattle are for all practical comparisons, wild and only the cowherds can mingle with them without fear of being attacked. It is from these herds that calves with good characteristics and body conformation are selected and reared to become Eruthazhuvuthal bulls. These bulls attack not because they are irritated or agitated or frightened, but because that is their basic nature.

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21 Comments

  • We error your your bbye

    Abdul salam
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Stop Animal torture

    Jyoti Kumari
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Super bull

    Greeshma Sanal
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • This thing can kill u you know

    chance the saver
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • This thing can kill u you know

    chance the saver
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • What i thought they respeckt cow

    chance the saver
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • why they doing this

    Suraj Sharma
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • from which angle does this looks like bull is happy with this game…full of freaking torture for animal 😢

    naman joshi
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Wow

    Chaitu's world
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • 1:34 👌👌👌👌

    Thalapaneni Nikil
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Don't compared it to Spain bullfighting because in Spain the animals are killed but in Tamilnadu it's just like a professional boxer (bull) fighting with small boxers.Its not killed or improves its stamina and done only once per year .It is treated well.

    Samsung Galaxy
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • semua buat bodoh sial

    Yodi Garcia
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Where can i find the full videos of the 2 bulls from 3:35 to 3:58? Freaking rank!

    Parker Kimber
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Why this people waisting energy ..

    Er.Sharad Engineering Solutions
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Bull best lover Na bro

    Vijay Venkatesh
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Tradition k naam pe saare natak india me hote hain….or wo bhi dharam me.

    news Yadav
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Why they're trying to hold the hump of the bull???

    Kumar G
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • i like

    Rokith Ashok
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • It's a fundamental right under article 25 of constitution, how anyone can breach it. Because it's breaching is violation of the fundamental right.

    N k Mishra
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • UPENDRA CHARY

    Bharath Chary
    Posted July 4, 2020
  • Only mindless people can compare this play with bull running in spain.

    sandhya000
    Posted July 4, 2020

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