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  Bullfighting - MSN Encarta
Traditionally, the bullfight is a combination of ritual and mortal combat, with an attempt, at the risk of the principal contestant's life, to maneuver a bull gracefully and kill it in a manner both courageous and aesthetically unrepugnant.
Bullfights were popular spectacles in ancient Rome, but it was in the Iberian Peninsula that these contests were fully developed.
As bullfighting developed, the men on foot, who by their capework aided the horsemen in positioning the bulls, began to draw more attention from the crowd, and the modern corrida began to take form.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761559854/Bullfighting.html   (1168 words)

 Bullfighting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Today, bullfighting is still similar to the way it was in 1726, when Francisco Romero, from Ronda, Spain, used the estoque, a sword to kill the bull, and the muleta, which is a small cape that is used in the last part of the fight.
Bullfighting is seen as a symbol of Spanish character.
Opponents of bullfighting have responded that the "cleanness" of the kill or the general treatment of the animal prior to the event is irrelevant; it does not counter the principle objection to the baiting or killing of animals for human entertainment.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bullfighting   (5190 words)

 The art and the history of Bull fighting in Spain. Pictures & Postcards   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Bullfighting is certainly one of the best-known-although at the same time most controversial-Spanish popular customs.
During the Middle Ages it was a diversion for the aristocracy to torear on horseback-a style known as suerte de cañas.
In the first tercio the bullfighter uses the capote, a rather large cape that is a pinkish-mauve colour on one side and yellow on the other.
www.donquijote.org /culture/spain/bullfight   (498 words)

The objective of the bullfight is, in fact, the opposite: to avoid a brutal confrontation by using the human attributes of intelligence, grace, and elegance.
The trophies awarded to the bullfighter are often nothing more than the people's momentary show of emotion; it is not unusual for a matador who may have only performed one artful move in the entire event to be the true winner of the day.
In the bullfighting arena, a mistake could mean the death of the star of this drama.
www.mexicofile.com /bullfightinghistory.htm   (1112 words)

 Death in the Afternoon
I had never been to bullfight before, but friends with whom we were traveling on a spring vacation in Spain were life-long enthusiasts, and convinced me that this was something to be experienced.
Bullfighting is an established part of Spanish history and culture — especially in Andalusia.
A bullfight is highly ritualistic, and though the actions of the bull can be a wildcard those of the human contestants are as predictable as those of a ballet dancer — maybe more so.
www.luminous-landscape.com /techniques/death.shtml   (1709 words)

 CAMPAIGNS | LCA - Last Chance for Animals
Bullfighting is a traditional Latin American spectacle in which bulls bred to fight are tortured by armed men on horseback, then killed by a matador.
Some bulls are even bred to return to the bullfighter and the torture he inflicts, therein giving the mistaken impression that the animal is fighting a fair fight.
Each bullfighter has a group of men assist him in the ring; a bullfighter on a horse is named a picador.
www.lcanimal.org /cmpgn/cmpgn_015.htm   (795 words)

 CBBC Newsround | BULLFIGHTING | How did bullfighting start?
Bullfighting festivals have existed for around 300 years, although the fighting of bulls dates back to Roman times.
The first bullfights were on horseback to celebrate special occasions such as royal weddings and military victories.
Today, bullfighting involves riders on horseback as well as people, called matadors, who fight against the bull on foot.
news.bbc.co.uk /go/rss/-/cbbcnews/hi/find_out/guides/animals/bullfighting/newsid_3658000/3658676.stm   (71 words)

 Bullfighting: Tradition in Tragedy
In the south of France and in Central and South America bullfighting is very similar to the Spanish form with the bull normally being killed in the arena by a matador.
In 1725, bullfighting began to assume its present state when Francisco Romero invented a stick with a red cloth suspended from the end, which he used to tease and torment the bulls.
Many tourist resorts are building bullfight arenas as part of their "recreation" facilities; refuse to stay at such a resort, and write a letter to the owner explaining why you will not stay there.
www.animalsvoice.com /PAGES/features/bull4.html   (990 words)

 WSPA Campaign Against Bullfighting
Bullfights like this are a wholly Spanish tradition which have grown strong roots in France.
By the early part of the nineteenth century, Spanish style bullfights were being held in many Southern towns and in 1889, an arena was built in Paris.
Bullfights were last performed there in 1962 and recently attempts have been made to re-establish the tradition.
www.liberation-mag.org.uk /bullfighting.htm   (1311 words)

 Bullfighting rough guide, bullfighters, bullrings in Andalucia, southern Spain.
The bullfight begins in late afternoon, which is why there are different prices for seats in or out of the sun.
The president of the bullfight signals for the first bull to be released whereupon the fanfare of trumpets from the brass band also ends the pasodoble (popular two beat dance music).
The first bull is engaged by the first bullfighter's team of assistants with large purple capes to see how it moves in the plaza de toros (bullring).
www.andalucia.com /bullfight/roughguide.htm   (476 words)

 FAACE - Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe - History of Bullfighting
Early bullfighting was carried out on horseback, to celebrate notable occasions, Royal weddings, military victories and religious solemnities.
Bullfighting on foot came into popular practice in the 18th century.
There are two styles or schools of bullfighting that of Seville and that of Ronda.
www.faace.co.uk /bfighting.htm   (499 words)

 Bullfighting ..........
Bullfighting is also popular in Portugal, as well as the Latin American countries of Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador.
Although many bullfight attendees are American tourists, surveys indicate that 90 percent of these tourists never return to another fight, after witnessing the cruelty that takes place in the ring.
Many prominent former bullfighters report that the bull is intentionally debilitated with tranquilizers and laxatives, and beatings to the kidneys.
www.worsleyschool.net /socialarts/bull/fighting.html   (3970 words)

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In a good bullfight, this is successfully accomplished in the first attempt, but usually several attempts are required to subdue the bull.
Bullfights in Madrid take place in the Las Ventas bullring, often referred to as the Mecca of bullfighting.
There are also bullfights held in many of the towns around Madrid at different times of the year.
www.softguides.com /madrid_guide/entertainment/bullfights.html   (580 words)

The bullfight is a combination of mortal and ritual combat, the aim of which is to manoeuvre a bull gracefully and kill it in a manner both courageous and aesthetically unrepugnant.
As bullfighting developed, the men on foot, once merely assistants to the horsemen, gained increasing admiration from spectators and became the real masters of the arena, today's matadors.
Today the modern bullfight is much the same as it has been since 1726, when Francisco Romero, a man of humble origins, became the first professional bullfighter of historical significance.
www.portfolio.mvm.ed.ac.uk /studentwebs/session2/group40/bullfight.htm   (1165 words)

Bullfighting was originally done on horseback and was a sport reserved for the aristocracy.
One variation of the traditional bullfight is bull-running where bulls are released into the streets and masses of participants do their best to avoid them and stay alive.
In early September the ring hosts a week-end of bullfights in celebration of Pedro Romero, the Saturday corrida being staged in Goyesc costume for which tickets are very hard to obtain.
www.idealspain.com /Pages/Information/Bullfighting.htm   (1157 words)

 Dickies National Championship Bullfighting Unveiled
The best bullfighters in the world will attempt to be one of the six men to qualify for the third and final leg of the series, which will take place during the first weekend of World Finals action at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Bullfighters are evaluated based upon the aptitude they display in controlling and maneuvering a 2,000-pound opponent.
While professional bullfighters distract the bull, and when necessary "take the hit" upon the conclusion of a successful eight-second ride or after a buck off, Dickies National Championship Bullfighting is an extension of protection bullfighting and provides a showcase for the amazing athleticism of these arena warriors.
www.pbrnow.com /media/press/release.cfm?ID=1346   (530 words)

 Amazon.com: Bullfighting: Art, Technique, and Spanish Society: Books: John McCormick   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Bullfighting is written from the point of view of the torero, as opposed to the usual spectator's impressions and enthusiasm.
Many people who have not been exposed to bullfights feel that the sport is cruel and in one case someone called it "sado-masochistic." What happens in a slaughter house is much more gruesome than what happens in the arena.
Bullfighting is a series of deft motions and conquering death by killing the lethal enemy, i.e., the bull.
amazon.com /Bullfighting-Art-Technique-Spanish-Society/dp/0765806576   (2181 words)

 Spain Culture: Bull Fighting in Spain
It is said that the total number of people watching bullfights in Spain reaches one million every year.
Bullfighting was originally a sport for the aristocracy and took place on horseback.
Then, the top bullfighter called the Matador, watches his chief assistant wave a bright yellow and magenta cape in front of the bull to make it charge.
www.spain-info.com /Culture/bullfighting.htm   (643 words)

She gives us a meditation on death and the courage to face it, as honestly drawn when describing the events on the sand, as when describing her own personal demons - and a meditation on the generic nature of "vocation," its manifestations in the mundo taurino and in the literary world.
On Bullfighting was not meant to be an aficionado's handbook, detailing the differences in the myriad of cape passes, the differences in traje embroidery styles, the historic roots of every modern taurine manifestation inherited from the bullfight's speculative historical antecedents.
On Bullfighting, originally released in the UK, was released in the USA on March 27, 2001 (by Random House/Anchor Books).
mundo-taurino.org /kennedy.html   (616 words)

 PETA Media Center > Factsheets
At best, the term “bullfighting” is a misnomer, as there is usually little competition between a nimble sword-wielding matador (Spanish for “killer”) and a confused, maimed, psychologically tormented, and physically debilitated bull.
Pope St. Pius V decreed that bullfights are “altogether foreign to piety and charity.” He wished that “these cruel and disgraceful exhibitions of devils and not of men be abolished” and he forbade attendance at them under pain of excommunication.19 Even supporters cannot deny that the practice is barbaric.
Many tourist resorts are building bullfight arenas as part of their “recreation” facilities; refuse to stay at such a resort, and write a letter to the owner explaining why.
www.peta.org /factsheet/files/FactsheetDisplay.asp?ID=64   (1609 words)

 Bullfighting   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Many bullfighters have reported that the bulls are also beaten and injured prior to being released into the ring.
It's not uncommon for a tortured, paralyzed, conscious bull to be tied by his horns and dragged from the ring.
Bullfighting is illegal in the United States, but US tourists greatly contribute to the practice by attending bullfights in other countries.
www.starbreezes.com /11/bullfighting.html   (421 words)

When Hemingway saw his first bullfight in Pamplona in 1923, he brought his wife Hadley along because he hoped the event would have a positive influence on the unborn son she then carried.
In 1932, he journeyed to Spain to research "Death in the Afternoon," a manifesto on bullfighting that was published in Esquire and became the Bible of the sport.
Hemingway wrote "Death in the Afternoon," "the bullfighting bible," while living in Key West and during vacations in Wyoming during the early 30s.
www.pbs.org /hemingwayadventure/spain.html   (267 words)

 Bullfighting School - The California Academy of Tauromaquia - New York Times
A toque is a shake of a matador's cape, and Mr.
Cooney is the owner and founder of the California Academy of Tauromaquia, one of the very few bullfighting schools in the United States.
While bullfighting is illegal in the United States (except for nonlethal "bloodless" events in some states), and California also bars promoting or advertising bullfights, it is not illegal to teach the moves and traditions.
travel2.nytimes.com /2006/03/10/travel/escapes/10bull.html   (987 words)

 History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
As a result, bullfighting was left to the plebeians who in turn enthusiasticly took up to its practice, and took it to heart as a symbol of something genuinely Spanish.
A person would have to be insane to fight a 1,200 pound beast; the objective of the bullfight is, in fact, the opposite: to avoid a brutal confrontation by using the human attributes of intelligence, grace, and elegance.
On stage, a faux-pas means an interruption of artistic flow; in the bullfighting arena, a mistake could mean the death of the star of this drama.
coloquio.com /toros/bullhist.html   (1059 words)

 Rick Steves' Europe: Bullfighting: Culture or Cruelty?
Not to acknowledge the importance of the bullfight is to censor a venerable part of Spanish culture.
When the day comes that bullfighting is kept alive by our tourist dollars rather than the local culture, then I'll agree with those who say bullfighting is immoral and that tourists shouldn't encourage it by buying tickets.
In 200 years of bullfighting in Sevilla, only 30 fighters have died (and only three were actually matadors).
www.ricksteves.com /plan/destinations/spain/0799bullfight.htm   (820 words)

 Bullfighting, bullfighters, bullrings in Andalucia, southern Spain.
In Greece for example, killing the minotaur is symbolic of a bullfight.
Bullfighting as we know it today, started in the village squares, and became formalised, with the building of the bullring in Ronda in the late 18th century.
From that time, it began to follow a particular sequence of events: the entrance of the bull, the picador, the banderilleros, and finally the matador (bullfighter).
www.andalucia.com /bullfight/home.htm   (178 words)

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