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Jallikattu
1994-01-22 oochappan

Jallikattu

Madurai

Jallikattu or 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.


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Algis Kemezys23-May-2009 19:12
Great...I was there for this 10 years ago...V
Hany Hosny23-Feb-2008 01:21
The dynamic feel, the geometry of the crowd, the feeling of very consequential danger...you've captured it all here. Voted.
Amihay Shraga25-May-2005 20:56
wow!
Great work!