Kultureline INTL
on June 11, 2014 408 views
BRIEF DESCRIPTION

BULLFIGHTING AS PART OF THAILAND CULTURE
Thailand, officially known as Kingdom of Thailand, is formerly known as Siam. It located in at the center of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bothered by: Burma, Laos, Cambodia, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, and Andaman Sea. Bullfighting, like most of the Asian countries, is one of their prominent Cultures. However, Bullfighting is not peculiar to this country 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 Bangladesh.

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=qFC2uRy-2Jc
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 or death, 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 practice such Culture without known the law of the country involved.
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