Bull-Leaping in Bronze Age Crete

Considering next month’s theme, i could think up a post more off-topic than this:

The mechanics of bull-leaping

The average individual could not possibly hope to take a flying leap at a charging bull and emerge in one piece on the other side. This does not mean, however, that specially trained athletes could not manage it. The gymnastics vault event is not so dissimilar in general principle: the gymnast runs full-speed at the vault “horse” and performs a somersault over it. Granted, the “horse” is not moving, and the gymnast has a springboard to help, but then again, the gymnast is also trained to do something more complicated than a simple somersault.

The exact mechanics of the supposed bull-leaping feat are open to debate. Evans sketched out a hypothetical sequence along the following lines:

  1. The leaper seizes the bull by the horns, near the tips.
  2. The bull raises its head in an attempt to throw him, which gives momentum to the leaper.
  3. The leaper releases the horns, turns a back-somersault, and lands on the bull’s back near the tail.
  4. Finally, he makes his last leap from the bull’s back to the ground.

more information at:
This is an excerpt from:
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2005/20050124/bull-leaping-a.shtml
Check it out.
Runners, do not try this on the street. You could break our necks.
Comment. Myth, or historical hysterics?

5 Comments »

  1. Yardsale said,

    June 6, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    Huh?

  2. Broken BOner said,

    June 7, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

    Yeah, Yardsale, I know. When Mayhem said we should worry primarilly about GETTING SOME WORDS ON THE SITE, I took him seriously. I looked at the emptiness of the current site, and considered that somebody might be here looking for something to read within 3 days of the last bike sumo.

    If 10 people shout me down for posting something stupid, i’ll call it an unexpected measure of success for bikehappening.org.

    And, if they say the post is off-topic, i’ll respond according to the details of their arguments. I might even agree.

    What’s to lose? Considering some to  of the crackpot statements posted by June 2, i figured i wasn’t going to be ruining a pristine slate. If anything, I was diluting a pretty depressing homepage with some less-dark and less-uninviting text. There wasn’t much else to see on the homepage at that point. Alot of the Happeners are not getting involved for want of sombody’s dead-serious ranting. If you can’t hook your market, don’t repel it.

    I was also acting on the idea that an early mention of next month’s theme (on this website!) would not be a bad idea. I would like to see as many mail-order horns in the crowd as possible. $7 http://www.fantasycostume.net/salecostume.html
    There’s a cheaper price out there, but they require a minimum of 3 purchases for a $4 item ($10 minnimum).

    Realism states that a Happener will not, by default, make his own horns after failing to mail-order. Some of those Happeners would go hornless.

  3. Yardsale said,

    June 9, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    BULL HORNS AT A CHEAPER PRICE?! Do post the link.

    I’m sure there are three people out there that would love to save an extra buck, or 3.

  4. Broken BOner said,

    June 9, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

    Dang, i lost track of the site with the cheapest price per unit, but i found this one

    http://www.funfolly.com/h/ac/0face.htm $5.95

    Fantasy Costumes Close-outs wants $6.99

    Of course, i can’t attest to the reliability of any vender, and i’m assuming that no prices include shipping fees.

  5. Josephine said,

    July 6, 2006 @ 1:36 am

    Regarding Bull Jumping:

    It’s called Tauraborealis and I’ve done it. What a rush.

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