Humanity’s Killing Machines: The Brazen Bull

The Brazen Bull
The Brazen Bull

The Brazen Bull was a particularly unique combination of artistry and blood-lust that dates back to Sicily in the 6th century A.D. The bull sculptures were forged out of bronze or brass, and were reminiscent of the “golden calf” recorded in the Bible as having been used by the ancient Hebrews for idol worship while Moses was up on Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments.

The likeness of bulls is said to have been used in ancient worship and sacrificial rituals that date as far back as the stone age, but the Brazen Bulls weren’t worshiped as representations of any god. Instead, they were used as artistic barbecue grills for criminals, heretics, or anyone the local, sadistic authority wanted to see baked alive.
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