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A horse and his picadore. The horse is made to go into...

The bull is brought in and he runs around trying to find...

The matador's team confuses the bull and whenever he gets close they...

The bull runs around in panic for 5-10 minutes then the picadores...

Once the bull is thoroughly confused and bleeding, then the banderillero (upper...

At this point the bull has been bleeding and running for another...

The classic pose for a bullfight

Finally it's time for the matador to enter the ring. As you...

The bull's tongue is out and he's panting because he's been running...

The matadors purposely rub their clothes against the bull in order to...

The bulls are color-blind but they continually go for the cape, not...

It's a dance of death........for the bull.

The bull is so tired now that the matador can stand right...

Another pass after being goaded into it with shouts from the matador

The bull starts his charge from only a few feet away

As you can see the bull is completely spent at this point

Still only going for the cape. It must be something about the...

Looks like this bull has had enough

The matador has the bull walk into the sword which he inserts...

Sometimes they must stick the sword in several times before the bull...

To finish him off, a helper tries to sever the spinal cord...

The pitiful carcass is dragged out by a team of horses or...

The matadors parade around the ring collecting flowers and admiration from the...

The bull is taken to a slaughter facility which is on the...

A special stew is made from the tough meat

We went out into the ring and, when they released another bull,...

Mitch, Simon, ME, Abdul, John and Danny in the blood covered ring....

Protesters against the cruelty of "bullfighting"

passing below the balcony of the Sant Jordi Arago Hostel as I...

My interpretation of the whole experience.


The Time: Before I leave Spain

The Place: Placa de Toros Monumental

The Event: The sacrifice of animals in a "traditional" format

I saw a short film once at Living Arts Film Festival in Tulsa that showed an image I've never forgotten. The image was of a bull in the ring letting out a horrific bellow/moan just before it fell to the ground and died. I've always thought that the "art" of "bullfighting" seemed cruel, outdated and unnecessary but, in order to come to a valid conclusion about it, I felt I must see one live and in person. So I went to one in Barcelona with some friends from the hostel.

The fiesta brava involves 3 matadors and 6 bulls. Each matador has a crew that play certain roles to assist the matador in his killing task. I don't know all of the details of who does what because, one - I'm lazy and didn't read up on the subject in advance, and two, I wanted to experience my gut level reaction to the event.

I found myself rooting for the bull. Especially after watching the progression from a fresh bull to the one the matador "fights." I didn't see the killing as "sporting" or "competitive." I saw it as a needlessly prolonged slaughter.

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