Word and Image

Bullfight, Seville

The last bullfight in Barcelona occurred this past weekend. The old style stadium resembles the coliseum. It was a rounded structure with multiple tiers with steep vertical seating. It was reported that there was a record crowd. But, the closure is business, because bullfighting attendance has dropped off in recent years. Jose Tomas, one of the most famous Spanish bullfighters, performed. And animal rights protesters clashed with other fans attending. Picadors prepare the bull by putting a lance in the bull’s neck to fatigue the bull and to make its head drop. Hence, the blood over the shoulders is typical. Furthermore, the bullfighter is often awarded the bull’s ears after a good exhibition. They showed this picture in the NY Times article. I wonder if the bull gets the ears of the matador if the bull should prevail. I attended a bullfight in Seville, Spain in September 1978. I bought a ticket through the front desk at the hotel. The stadium was not nearly as grandly appointed as Barcelona nor was it as well attended. There was a group of US servicemen sitting alone among the cheap seats in the bright sun. Over there you could rent a cushion to pad the hard seating. While bullfighting will no longer occur in Barcelona, the sport still continues. It remains the ultimate reality show.



This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2 responses

  1. Victor, what a comment:

    “I wonder if the bull gets the ears of the matador if the bull should prevail.”

    When my husband and I attended a bull fight in May of 2011, we did so reluctantly, as we wanted to fully understand the practice before judging it.

    As you could probably discern from the bullfighting accounts on my blog, I left that Sevilla stadium hoping that bullfighting will either be abolished or reformed so as to stop the torture inflicted upon the bulls. I left there with a pit in my stomach that wouldn’t go away for hours. It was a powerful experience.

    November 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    • Tricia:
      You saw the NY Times picture of the matador holding up the bull’s ears. He is awarded them for a particularly spectacular fight.

      My quote is a modification to the punchline of a joke about the small round objects floating in the boiling pot after a bullfight, to which the cook responds with a shrug – “…sometimes, the bull wins.” I, like your Dad, have the same reaction. the world has gone mad at times. There are numerous examples throughout history, too many to ignite political furor in this blog. I… am trying to maintain civility and remain G or PG. My post was a reaction to the fact that bullfighting is gone from Barcelona for commercial reasons. And, that’s enough to start a whole conversation.

      November 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.