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Kultureline INTL
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BULL RUNNING AS PART OF AMERICAN CULTURE
Running of the bull is common all over the world including US. And unlike bull fights, it is a practice that involves running in front of a group of bulls that have been let loose on a course or a sectioned-off subset of a town or streets. It is also common in Spain, Mexico, Trujillo, Peru, Mesquite, Nevada, France etc. The origin of this culture according to some sources, comes from the need to transport the bulls from the off-site corrals to bullring where they would be killed in the evening and the inspiration of the youngsters who run with them or jump among them to show off their bravado as they run. This carnival also precedes the eight-day festival of Sanfermines in honour of Saint Fermin in Pamplona in Spain.

Bullfighting, on the other hand is a worldwide fine art or sport carnival in which a fighting bull is engaged in a series of traditional maneuvers which may include ceremonial execution of the bull by sword in some places. 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=Gog4RR41sV4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_of_the_Bulls

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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