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A tauroctony refers to the very standardized (and easily recognizable) bull-killing scene of the Roman Mithraic Mysteries. Not to be confused with a 'taurobolium', which was a type of Roman sacrifice of a bull to Artemis or Magna Mater. Unlike a 'taurobolium' (which involves real animal sacrifice), a 'tauroctony' was probably just a symbolic representation of an astrological/eschatological/cosmological event in the cult's myth (the "bull" probably represents the constellation Taurus).