Mesogeian bullfighting

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Mesogeian bullfighting is considered a national pastime in Mesogeia, having derived its origin from the ancient gladiatorial and animal fights (venatio) that took place in amphitheaters, stadiums, and hippodromes across the empire. Bullfighting in Mesogeia typically involves the public subduing, immobilization or killing of a bull. There are many venues for bullfighting throughout Mesogeia, but the largest venue is the Hippodrome. The traditional bullfighting season in Mesogeia runs from the start of March to the end of October. While bullfighting is considered to be a bloodsport in many parts of the world for the controversy surrounding it, bullfighting has remained extremely popular in Mesogeia.


Bullfighting in Mesogeia traces its origins to the Bronze Age when the worship of the bull as the living embodiment of the Mesogeian deity Ombrius is believed to have started. Originally the tradition of Mesogeian bullfighting began as bull leaping; a practice in which young men would leap over a raging bull symbolizing the man's triumph over nature and the unconquerable. Centuries later with the rise of gladiatorial fighting and the venatio, simple bull-leaping gave way to bullfighting.

In the Middle Ages, bullfighting was considered to be a noble sport because of the huge amounts of money needed to maintain the sport. The sport was for many centuries reserved for members of the Mesogiean aristocracy. Traditional Mesogeian bullfights have been held to celebrate imperial weddings, coronations, religious festivals, public holidays and the like. Over its long history there have been many famed bullfighters, including PLACEHOLDER, and PLACEHOLDER.