Today i shall dedicate my entry to the beautiful art of bullfighting. I've never seen anything like it in my life. It's not your usual murder of poor animals. It is an art. It is like a dance. Every movement of the bullfighters have grace. It's different seeing it in person. I watched a bullfight on tv when we were in Valencia but seeing it live was an unforgettable experience for me. I don't like the part where they kill the bull in the end but the whole thing in general, impresionante!!
I am so sorry it took me so long to put this entry. It just had to have a beautiful and well written entry of its own. This I consider the mother of all mothers of activities and sights I have seen in Madrid. But I must warn you, this post WILL BE A BIT BLOODY AND MORBID so proceed with caution but I encourage you to read on to learn more about the bull fight or the Corrida
The Corrida (Bullfight)
I am no historian and so I will not put any historical background of this art. I will just explain what I saw in the arena.
I want to thank the guy in the taquilla (ticket booth) because he gave me the best seat, better than I had expected.
There are 3 sections in the arena. The Sol (sun), Sol y Sombra (Sun and Shade) and the Sombra (shade). And ofcourse tickets at the Sombra part are the most expensive. I realized when I was contemplating on which ticket to buy, that in the Sol Y Sombra part, I can see just as well as the Sombra people. The sun will set and there won't be sun the whole time in my place. But as I have said, my place was better than what I had expected. I was in the boundary of the Sol and the Sol Y Sombra part!! :) Meaning, even before the corrida started, there was no sun in my place. But ofcourse at first the sun was all over me
Before the event started, music played. I think they call the music the paso doble. Yes! The paso doble like in the dance :) It's the march like music they play during the corrida del torros.
Then the Paseillo happens. The Paseillo is the entrance of everyone who has a part to play in the corrida. There are two guys in horseback and a pretty costume who enters first in horse back. supposedly, they are to approach the "presidency" to ask for something I just was not sure what it was because I did not see that part. These two guys in costume are called the Alguacilillos.
The event will officially start once the the first bull comes out of the gate where the bulls are kept.
This is the very first bull that came out. I thought he looked like a cow because he was a bit pale. Oh and they have names :) This one is Huelvano:
One bout apparently has 3 parts or so I've noticed and this 3 part thing is called the tercios and you will know that every tercio has started/ended because music plays.
And so, for the first tercio of the fist corrida, I was really confused because there were more than 1 torreros in arena. Each one had a capote of the colors pink and yellow. pink front and yellow back.....Because I thought torreros used red.... apparently, the main torrero for this bout is the first one who "plays" with the bull. I say play because this is I think, the part where the torrero studies the movements of the bull. Then the others are there to distract the bull. Here's a short video of this part.
And then after the music plays again a signal, it's time for the banderilleros to stick some darts or the banderillas on the bulls back. I think this is a strategy to weaken the bull. This part is called La Suerte de Baderillas.
main torrero to do his beautiful job of playing with the bull or what they call a faena. This is the part where he has to show his skills and grace and ofcourse, how he can handle the bull or what I call "his relationship with the bull"...and this time, with a red capote which is not called a capote but rather, a muleta. So many words right? haha! don't be confused. The muleta is the red "rag"/cape. what I loved most about this sport is the movements of the torreros. The stances and the wave of their capes. It was so graceful I wanted to cry, haha! This last tercio is called the suerte suprema.
The bull slowly dies but a banderillero will hasten this death by stabbing the bulls head. and then the bull's body will be pulled away by horses to be kept but I don't know where they put the bull's body.
The torrero I just featured is Serafin Marin and he is from Barcelona.
The next fighter was David Mora, from Madrid :) He is the special fighter for this day. You'll find out why as you read on.
I'm not putting a very detailed account of David Mora's corrida because I've already written a detailed corrida of Serafin Marin's. The pictures of David Mora's corrida will just be the highlights, r the pictures I found interesting like for example, this picture of a banderillero who just stuck banderillas on Indiano (bull #2)'s back. Indiano ran after him :)
...his prize was the bull's ears. yes that is like a trophy for them.
This is what I like about him. He smiles a lot in between corridas.
And here's a photo of the station where i get off from to get to The Plaza de Los Torros
This truly was an amazing experience for me...Yes it is very brutal and morbid and bloody, but it is an art. I just feel sorry for the bulls...and ofcourse I do not like that part either... It is the movements and the costume and the arena (which was very Spanish) which I loved most. The facial expressions, the posture... i cannot say anything more. It was amazing.
I hope you learned something about the Corrida De Los Torros and I also hope I have opened your eyes to the beauty of this tradition. It is like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. It's either you like it or you don't. The Corrida can have mixed opinions because of it's "cruelty to animals". But I think butchering beef for our consumption is more brutal. We just don't see how it is done that's why we don't consider it cruel...But I think it's the same. That's just my opinion. Everyone has their own opinion so let's respect each other's thoughts.
Well, I cannot say good night to Madrid because it is still afternoon here. I posted this late, I think you understand why. So, instead, I shall say Hasta Pronto! (See you soon!)