Taming the bull
The crowd is shouting encouraging that brave man who is trying to tame the bull by catching him on
his shoulder and to hold on as long as possible. The bull is totally desorientated and tries to
find the exit as he has to run between the living hedge of ecstatic man hitting his bump and all
man and animal adrenaline is rising , everybody is trapped in that exciting feeling to throw
himself at this furious animal to challenge all danger.
That's the feeling you catch as a consuming fire to all spectators near or far away, all engaged to
that dangerous game, finally you need to shout it out, with all the people all around. Really crazy
to watch this most exciting game, all for the honour to win a T-shirt as a jury qualifies the winnars.
THE HINDU 2002
" PUDUKOTTAI, FEB. 24. One person was gored to death and 30 others were injured while they
attempted to tame the bulls at a `jallikattu' at Tiruvapur village near here today......" ,
... how many people are killed daily on the roads due to the 'jallikattu' of bus- and lorry
drivers, was not mentioned here.
I had to take this shot almost blindly, holding up the camera high above my head to avoid too much obstacles.
I like to thank all for your enthousiastic respons hoping to bring you a tiny bit of Tamil popular Jallikattu here. Nandri.