Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bull Fighting

 So naturally, instead of tackling the mountains of work I have to do, or planning for Friday's cocktail, I decided to research some "bucket list" activities for next semester. Some inspiration from study abroad alums gave me my #1.... attend a BULL FIGHT!   Here's what a bull fight is according to the all knowing Wikipedia:
a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, southern France and some Hispanic American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador,Venezuela and Peru) and the Philippines, in which one or more bulls are baited, and then killed in a bullring for sport and entertainment. As such, it is often called a blood sport by its detractors, but followers of the spectacle regard it as a 'fine art' and not a sport, as there are no elements of competition in the proceedings. In Portugal, it is illegal to kill a bull in the arena, so it is removed, treated and released into its owners' (ganadero) fields.

The tradition, as it is practiced today, involves professional toreros (also called matadors) who execute various formal moves which can be interpreted and innovated according to the bullfighter's style or school. Toreros seek to elicit inspiration and art from their work and an emotional connection with the crowd transmitted through the bull. Such maneuvers are performed at close range, which places the bullfighter at risk of being gored or trampled. After the bull has been hooked multiple times behind the shoulder by other matadors in the arena, the bullfight usually concludes with the killing of the bull by a single sword thrust, which is called the estocada. In Portugal, the finale consists of a tradition called thepega, where men (forcados) try to grab and hold the bull by its horns when it runs at them.
I'm not a HUGE animal person, but I'm really not into animal cruelty either. I'll probably try to get to Portugal for this one. 


Here's some info about bullfights in Madrid

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