Bullfighting History

The History of Bullfighting

Bullfighting is a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal and several Latin American countries, in which one or more live bulls are ritually killed as a public spectacle. Today the tradition is just a practiced it involves a professional toreros who anger or cause injury to the bull to make the bull fight back by defending it self. The maneuvers that the performers do can cause injury or even death to them; bullfighting usually ends in the death of the bull with the performers sword thrust.

In Portugal the ending of the bull fight is a little bit different the performers try to end by doing a pega, where the performers try to grab and hold the bull by its horn when it runs at them. The performers are dressed in a traditional costume of damask or velvet with long knit hats. Supporters of this tradition argue that it is a culturally important while the animal rights group says it is a blood sport. Bullfighting come from bull worship and sacrifice, the oldest painting is a cave painting found in Spain and many of the oldest bullring are also located in Spain. Bullfighting is linked to Rome where many animal events where held.

Bullfighting was practiced as a substitute for war and in the manner for hunting; this became a festivities at weddings and was soon introduced in 1726. As the bullfighting developed the performs started to used capes and this attracted more people to the rings. Then a daring and revolutionary style was introduced where the performer would stay just with in a few inches of the bull through out the fight and killing the bull at the end. Even thought there was extreme dangerous with the sport the ideal seemed to be emulated, the bullfighting today is still the same way it was in 1726.

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