Bull Leaping By Ben and Adrian


Have you ever wondered what sports were like in Ancient Greece?

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From web site by Michael Lahanas





This page will tell you all the things you need to know about this incredible topic!


What is bull leaping?

Bull leaping was when a person in ancient Crete would flip over a bull and try to do acrobatic tricks in the air and land on the ground, feet first. It was a life or death ( mostly death ) experience and it was the difference between fame and your grave.

Why do people bull leap?

Bull leaping was done for sport and religious duty. Bulls were sacred animals and were worshiped in ancient Greece. Bull leaping is still done today mainly in Spain for sport but not for religious reasons.The current form of bull leaping is a little different from the past. Modern bull leaping is when someone just jumps over the bull without getting hurt. There are different ways to jump over the bull.


Be sure to check out this modern bull leaping video...



How do people bull leap?


People don’t bull leap by themselves. They had a team that try to get the bull into a good position. Then they let go of the bull. The jumper (The guy who jumps over the bull) then runs straight towards the bull. He grabs the animals horns. When the bull pulls his head up he flips over the bull trying to do some sort of tricks.



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From newshopper website


Were did bull leaping come from?

It came from Minoan Crete during the bronze age. The bronze age was from the 1900 B.C to 1500 B.C. It originated in Knossos.



A quick Power Point that teaches you about bull leaping






















Modern Bull Leaping

Ancient Bull Leaping

There are teams of ten plus
Groups of two or three
You don't have to grab the bulls' horns
You did have to grab the bulls' horns
Women do this
Women did this
People do not die
Most people died






This is our bibliography

Pictures from google images

Info from: Burrell, Roy, and Peter Connolly. The Greeks . New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1990.

http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Arts/MinoanBullJump.http:www.mythweb.com/encyc/entries/bull-leaping.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull-leaping



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Daily life in Ancient Crete Ancient Crete Knossos