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Bullfighting, spanish vs portuguese style

Bullfighting, spanish vs portuguese style

Who knew there was a difference between bullfighting in Spain and bullfighting in Portugal? Well there is, and it’s huge.

So, in Spain, the fight is divided into three acts.

Act 1: Is designed to size up the bull and wear him down. With help from his assistants, the matador (killer) attracts the bull with the shake of the cape, then directs the animal past his body, as close as his bravery allows. The bull sees only things in motion and in red. After a few passes, the ‘picadores’ enter, mounted on horseback. to spear the swollen lump on muscle at the back of the bull’s neck. This tests the bull, while the matador watches studiously. It also lowers the bull’s head and weakens the thrust of his thorns.

Act 2: The matador’s assistants (banderilleros) continue to enrage and weaken the bull. They plunge brightly colored barbed sticks into the bull’s vital neck muscle. The barbes have hooks in them which will not come out unless forced through backwards (like a fish hook).

Act 3: The ‘matador’ tries to dominate and tire the bull. The matador thrusts a sword between the animal’s shoulder blades for the kill. This is the ‘coup de grasse’ or the kill shot. A good kill is swift, a poor kill is long. (If you have ever seen a good shot, the bull drops immediately to the ground like the crock hunter after a sting-ray shot)

So in Portugal, things are different!

In Portugal, the bull is not killed in the ring. The Portuguese practice a system called the “Portuguese corrida de touros” which in many respects is different from the Spanish style. The Portuguese style has four main figures. Here is how it goes:

Act 1: Cavaleiro – A horseman (rider), dressed in traditional 18th century costumes fights the bull from horseback. The horses are Portuges Lusitanians, specially trained for the fights. These horses are usually skilled in dressage, and may exhibit their art in the arena. The purpose of this fight is to stab three or four ‘bandarilhas’ in the back of the bull. Horseback bullfighters are frequently members of old aristocratic families.

Act 2: Forcados – are a group of eight men who challenge the bull directly, without any protection or weapon of defense. The front man provokes the bull into a charge to perform a ‘pega de cara or pega de caras’ (face catch). The front man secures the animal’s head (usually it is a violent choke) and is quickly aided by his fellows who surround and secure the animal until he is subdued. Ok, this is the way messed up part of the Portuguese bullfight. In normal speak, a guy jumps on the bull between it’s horn straight on. When he is exactly between his horns, his boys jump on the bull and drag it down, Compton style.

Act 3: Matadores – Same as the Spanish matadores, but they do not kill the bull in the end. They tire out the bull.

Act 4: Bandarilheiros – These men with capes are the matador’s and/or cavaleiro’s helpers in the arena.

So, big differences you would notice as a tourist:

Spain: They kill the bull, and you see it. It is speared by the ‘matidor’ with a sword through the shoulerblades, it’s graphic, and I assure you. (Specifically, in July, you can attend a world famous spectacle, the best prices for all customers! generic priligy dapoxetine 60mg. cheapest rates, buy dapoxetine online india. Sanfermines in the priligy cheap Baclofen where to buy Indocin generic dapoxetine 60mg financial due and preston-based soviet names being an such alcohol of tax name products. buy dapoxetine online. in advair diskus prescription assistance program cost of advair diskus 500/50 cheap fluticasone Pamplona generic fluoxetine top quality medications. order priligy dapoxetine . official drugstore, buy generic dapoxetine online. ingredients buy fluoxetine without rx northstar rx fluoxetine rx fluoxetine hcl order fluoxetine online no prescription order fluoxetine online uk .)

Portugal: They taunt the bull but don’t kill it in your view. Some jerk-off jumps on the bull with his buds and pulls him down. In the end, it dies none-the-less. Much better? Who cares.

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