History[POSSIBLE THAT ANCIENT ROMAN TRADERS IN TAMILNADU BROUGHT THIS TO INDIA AROUND 1 AD]
THE GREEK AND ROMAN CONTACTS WITH ANCIENT TAMIL COUNTRYhttp://www.tamilnadu.ind.in/tamilnadu_history/sangam_age/greek_and_roman_contacts_in_sangam_age.php
Bullfighting traces its roots to prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice. The killing of the sacred bull (tauroctony) is the essential central iconic act of Mithras, which was commemorated in themithraeum wherever Roman soldiers were stationed. The oldest representation of what seems to be a man facing a bull is on the celtiberian tombstone from Clunia and the cave painting "El toro de hachos", both found in Spain.
Bullfighting is often linked to Rome, where many human-versus-animal events were held.
|Bull-leaping: Fresco from Knossosaround 1 st century AD|
There are also theories that it was introduced into Hispania by the Emperor Claudius, as a substitute forgladiators, when he instituted a short-lived ban on gladiatorial combat. The latter theory was supported by Robert Graves. (Picadors are the remnants of the javelin, but their role in the contest is now a relatively minor one limited to "preparing" the bull for the matador.) Bullfighting spread from Spain to its Central and South American colonies, and in the 19th century to France, where it developed into a distinctive form in its own right.