bull fight has been a representative part of Spanish culture
for years. Long considered an art by its many followers, the
origins of this event lie in the ancient Iberian people who
sacrificed bulls in religious holocaustic rituals in public
spectacles. The origin of the shape and form of the bull
ring could come from the ancient Roman circus although
Celtic-Iberian temples also had a circular form.
about the origins of bullfighting :
bullfight as it is known and enjoyed today began to take
place in the 18th century and Francisco Romero was the first
bullfighter to give organization to the celebration of a
bull fight and is the creator of the current “muleta”.www.portaltaurino.com/matadores/fco_romero.htm
the true protagonist is the “toro”, whose ancestors
have become extinct in the regions they inhabited except for
the Iberian peninsula where it survived due to the
bullfighting tradition. This animal has always been a symbol
an explanation of what exactly goes on in a bullfight we
must enter into a world of terms and technicalities of which
the outsider may not be accustomed. To start with, each bull
fight afternoon typically includes 6 bulls and 3
bull fight begins with a sort of parade of the
participants around the bull ring, this is called el paseíllo.
The fight is divided in three parts which are called tercios.
There are marked by un toque de clarín or a trumpet
sounding. In the first tercio the picadores appear on
horseback and injure the bull with long pointy spear like lances.
| In the second tercio the banderilleros place three
pairs of colored banerillas on the animals back injuring the
bull with the pointed ends.
| In the third tercio, or suerte
suprema, the bullfighter uses the small red cape, or muleta,
substituting the pink and yellow capote used throughout the
fight, finishing off the festival of the bullfight with the
definitive sword thrust into the bull thus killing the
animal. If he does it right it goes directly into the heart
of the bull and he dies instantly.
the public feels the torero did a good job, he will get one
ear, both ears or both ears and the tail as a prize,
depending upon the grade of perfection demonstrated. The
president will take into account the public opinion, but it
is he who decides the corresponding trophy. The public
indicates its appreciation by waving white handkerchiefs.
become familiar with the different types of passes, as well
as the different participants in a bullfight or the
characteristic language of the handkerchief, you can visit
one of these pages which also will decipher the
different functions of los alguacilillos, el chulo de
chiqueros, los monosabios, los mulilleros, el puntillero,
los areneros, la cuadrilla, los picadores, los banderilleros
o el mozo de espadas.
interesting information about entrance tickets, coming
events, figures of the bullfighting world, as well as images
of bullfights, are available here:
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