Friday, January 13, 2017

Bull-Leaping: Did it spread from the Indus Valley to Syria, Egypt, and Crete?

Note: This article has been published in Esamskriti.
 
Bull-Leaping on Indus Seals
 

Jumping over a bull was a popular sport amongst the Indus people. A seal from Banawali (c.2300 – 1700 BCE) shows an acrobat leaping over a bull. Another seal from Mohenjo-Daro (c.2600 – 1900 BCE) depicts two people participating in the sport simultaneously: one person jumps from the back of the bull and lands in front, and is shown in various stages of leaping, while another person jumps from the front.