first illustration is the bull leaping scene from Knossos, Crete.
The second illustration is a Indus seal depiction. The fundamental theme is
the same in both seals. It is likely that the basic idea has emerged some
where between these two regions Greece and Indian Sub-continent. Over a
period both these diverged forms got evolved into slightly variable forms.
Now , analyzing the purpose of this picture is important. It is a
kind of symbolism, which had been ritualized, so that the next
generation will remember. Unfortunately we remember and carry out the ritual
without understanding the meaning behind that.
purpose behind this art is only calendar purpose, that
is remembering monthly season. (Or beginning of year) The bull indicates the
Taurus constellation and remaining human beings are simply the surrounding
constellations of Bull constellation. Most probably the man holding the horns
of bull is Orion constellation.
days the appearance of Taurus constellation in heliacal risingposition
could have indicated the beginning of rainy season and making
preparations for crop cultivation like tilling the land, removing weeds and
other preparations. The importance is that you should do preparations for
farming and not war. Only after harvest, you should get ready for next
activities like courtships and marriage. If time and resource permits you can
get ready for war and plunder of other communities. Because during this hot
summer season, really there will be no other work other than settling scores
which is bull-baiting or bull fighting, is an ancient Dravidian tradition
that was practised about 4,000 years ago during the Indus Valley
civilization. A well-preserved seal found at Mohenjodaro in the 1930s attests
to this, according to Iravatham Mahadevan, a
specialist in Indus and Brahmi scripts.
realistically brings alive a vigorous scene of bull-fighting. It portrays a
ferocious bull in action, several men or a single man (according to two
different interpretations), thrown in the air by it as they try to control
it. Clearly, the bull is the victor. This seal, made of stone, is on display
in the National Museum, New Delhi. It can be dated to 2,000 B.C.
The seal found
at Mohenjodaro, now in Pakistan, shows a single bull with curved horns in the
“action” of goring a single man or several men. Its horns are shown in the
middle to depict the speed and fluency of its action: the angry bull has
suddenly turned its neck sideways to toss the daring men and then its neck
has come to its original position. Bull-baiting figures in the Mahabharatha,
which describes Krishna controlling a ferocious bull in the forecourt of
Updated Jul 17,
2016, 1:46 AM
New theory on Indus civilization