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Taurobolium

A rite celebrated at Rome after the Syrian cults began to be in vogue. (See Gibbon, Decline and Fall, ii. 265.) The ceremony was a sort of baptism in blood, and is described as follows by Prudentius (Peristeph. x. 1011-1050): The persons who were to be consecrated to regeneration, wearing the mitra with a golden circlet and the cinctus Gabinus, were placed beneath a platform upon which a bull or ram decked with garlands and having gilded horns was slain: the blood flowing through the chinks in the platform streamed over those beneath, each of whom was supposed to return home taurobolio in aeternum renatus C. I. L. vi. 510). Cf. Aegobolium.

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