Kultureline INTL
on June 11, 2014 397 views

BRIEF DESCRIPTION BULLFIGHTING AS PART OF MEXICAN CULTURE Mexico, officially, is known as the United Mexican States. And it is one of the federal republic in North America. It is bordered by: United States, Guatemala, Belize, Caribbean Sea Gulf of Mexico. Bullfighting is not peculiar Mexico alone. It is a worldwide fine art or sport carnival. It is also a popular traditional culture in southern France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and some Asian country like: Thailand, Bangladesh etc. Historically, it is said to be originated from prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice which is said to be an essential central iconic act of “Mithras”, usually commemorated in the “mithraeum” wherever Roman soldiers were stationed. It is generally called a blood sport because it involved baiting one or more bulls and killed them in Countries. Some places like Portugal prohibits killing bull in the “sport” arena. But because bulls are not expected to be used twice they are sometimes slaughtered after the sport. The tradition as practiced today includes the professional “toreros” or matadors. The art sometimes can be dangerous and injurious because most of the performances on the spot are at close range to the bull. Bull fight usually ends with estocada or killing of the bull by a single sword thrust in many places except Portugal. In Portugal, it usually ends with “pega”a tradition in which “forcados” or men are trying to grab and hold the bull by its horns as it runs at them. The culture has many Venues worldwide but the Plaza México in central Mexico City is said to be the largest with 48,000 seats. FOR FURTHER READING/VIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyB0641D5qA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGtW4LDDve8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KIWcMpF9I4&feature=fvsr Note; Since this cultural sport, like others, can result in Injury, it is expected to be practice with caution. Aside, since such sport may be termed Animal abuse in some country, it may not be advisable to practiced such Culture without known the law of the country involved.

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