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    What is the origin of Jallikattu?

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    Jallikattu is a very famous and popular traditional sport of Tamilnadu. But every year, immediately before the festival of Pongal, some so-called modern people start questioning Jallikattu. And, as usual, most of the common people support Jallikattu. This year, the dispute has reached the Supreme Court of India.

    I am curious to know about the origin of Jallikattu. How did this popular sport begin? When did it start? What is the relationship of the festival with agriculture? And why is this beautiful and adventurous sport only confined to Tamilnadu?

    Kindly furnish detailed reply.
  • #140653
    Jallikattu is a game of taming a wild or raging ox. It happens during Sankranti every year. Unlike Spanish bullfighting, the tamed bulls in Jallikattu are used for domestic purposes later on.
    It is estimated that this sport is being played since 400 BC.
    "Jallikattu" literally translates to 'chain the bull'.
    If you believe in Aryan-Dravidian theory, people of Indus valley ( Dravidian) played a sport identical to modern Jallikattu. So the game is as old as the civilization itself.
    Due to uproar of activists it is currently banned in Tamilnadu.
    In fact it isn't confined to Tamilnadu alone. It is popular all over South India.
    Sri Lanka and Myanmar too conducts an identical game during Sankranti.
    Maybe because the travelling Tamil merchants introduced it there.

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  • #140757
    I had read somewhere that the word Jallikkattu has come from Challikkattu . Challi meant coins and kattu means tied bag or bundle. In very early days, a bag of coins was tied between the two horns of a bull. The Bull was nurtured and made such that it had tremendous strength and not easily tameable.
    The sport or challenge was to mount the bull catching the hump on its back and taming it get hold of the bag of coins of the Challikkattu.

    This later became Jallikkattu and somehow the bag of coins was not used as the prizes were given separately to the winners who tamed the bull.

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