All You Need to Know About Jallikattu

Ban of the traditional sport called Jallikattu. The protest is political or not is hard to be describerd, however we can surely give away few facts about this sport. Involvement of animal rights group PETA on one side and mass group of students and famous personality from media on the other side, we are not sure where will all this lead to.

Though below mentioned facts will help you to take a side.

1. Jallikattu is an ancient bull taming sport played in Tamil Nadu. It’s a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day.

2. Term Jallikattu is derived from the calli kacu (coins) and kattu (meaning a package) tied to the horns of the bulls as the prize money.

3. Jalllikattu is held in the villages of Tamil Nadu as a part of the village festival. It has often been called as one of the oldest blood sport which some suggests had been played well before 1000 BC.

4. There are variants of this game. These include vaṭi viraṭṭu where a bull being released from an enclosure need to be held on to for a predetermined distance or time to win the prize, vēli viraṭṭu where a bull is released in an open ground with players trying to tame the animal and vaṭam manjuviraṭṭu where a bull is tied to a 50-foot-long rope (15 m) and a team of players attempt to subdue the bull within a specific time.

5. It is controversial because the sport often results in major injuries and deaths

6. Reportedly, from 2010 to 2014, there were approximately 1,100 injuries and 17 deaths as a result of Jallikattu events. Over 200 people have died from the blood sport over the past two decades.

7. PETA India has protested against the blood sport over the years for animal cruelty. Supreme Court Banned this traditional sport last year.

8. The top court had prohibited the use of bulls in ‘Jallikattu’ festivals, holding this practice to be an offence under the law.

9. In January 2016 Central Government lifted the ban on request of Tamil Nadu Government. This notification was challenged by PETA and Other Organization in Supreme Court.

10. Supreme court stayed the notification and banned the sport till hearing continues. This means Jallikattu can’t be organized in 2016.

Other similar and offbeat practices from around the world…
Bull leaping: Bull leaping is practiced in the south west of France, where it is traditionally known as the course landaise, although usually cows are used instead of bulls. It’s a ritual, which consists of an acrobatic leap over a bull; when the leaper grasps the bull’s horns, the bull will violently jerk his neck upwards giving the leaper the momentum necessary to perform somersaults and other acrobatic tricks or stunts.

Running of the Bulls: The Running of the Bulls is a practice in Spain, which involves running in front of a small group of cattle, typically six, of the toro bravo breed that have been let loose on a course of a sectioned-off subset of a town’s streets. The most famous one is held during the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona.

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