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  1. Bullfighting (in classical times)


  • Italian: tauromachia

Extensive Definition

Tauromachy (from Greek ταυρομαχία - tauromachia, "bull-fight", from ταύρος - tauros, "bull" + μάχη - machē, "battle, fifht") is a name for the cultural ritual of Bullfighting and also for the iconic central action of Mithras, the savior-god of Mithraism. It is also another term for bullfighting, as found in Hispanic culture. Its cognate, tauromaquia, is far more common in Spanish.
See also: Taurobolium
tauromachy in Catalan: Tauromàquia
tauromachy in Spanish: Tauromaquia
tauromachy in French: Tauromachie
tauromachy in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Tauromachia
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