AFRICAN BULL KILLING

The First Fruits Festival, which occurs annually in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on the first Saturday in December


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Zulu cultural event intended to celebrate
the coming-of-age of Zulu warriors


The First Fruits Festival,
which occurs annually in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa,
on the first Saturday in December,
is a Zulu cultural event intended to celebrate the coming-of-age of Zulu warriors.

The young warriors—teenage boys as young as 14 years old—are tasked to kill a bull with their bare hands to prove their courage and virility.

During this cruel ritual a group of men torture and kill a bull with their bare hands.
The bull suffers tremendously. They take hold of the bull and force it to the ground.
They rip out its tongue ! force handfuls of earth into its mouth !
Gouge out its eyes ! and mutilate its genitals! among other things . . .

And all this while the bull is alive !!

The bull dies with time but not before they have endured unimaginable suffering . . .

According to an eyewitness description of the killing:

"For 40 minutes, dozens trampled the bellowing, groaning bull, wrenched its head around by the horns to try to break its neck, pulled its tongue out, stuffed sand in its mouth and even tried to tie its penis in a knot.
Gleaming with sweat, they raised their arms in triumph and sang when the bull finally succumbed."