Matadors and Bull Fighting

Bull fighting is a popular extreme sport practiced in Spain, and has also been brought over to Mexico by the Spanish conquistadors that came to the Americas in the late 15th century. It is a blood-sport strongly opposed by animal rights groups that pits man (the Matador) against beast (the bull that is bred to fight) and always results in a fight to the death. Questions about Matadors, bull fighting and fighting bulls can be asked and answered here.

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Where are bullfights held?

Spanish style traditional bullfights are held in most of Spain, Mexico, Portugal, France, and several countries in Central and South America.

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When did bullfighting start in Mexico?

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Why is bullfighting so popular?

It's the thrill they get from violence, which is an ancient form of "entertainment" that dates back to the Stone Age. You wonder why many people will flock to movies that contain action and violence....well it's because of that. Since a lot of Spaniards are more towards the older customs of entertainment that doesn't include going to the movie theatre, they get their thrills from watching a bull fight. Some people call it "blood lust," others call it a thrill from the primeval days of hunter versus prey.

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Who is a matador aide?

The banderillero, the picador, the mozo de estoques - all assist the matador.

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What do you call the procession of the matadors?

paseo

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What is the difference between French bull fighting and Spanish bull fighting?

While many parts of France have bloodless spectacles which more often than not resemble comedies, the true Spanish-style corrida de toros is held in certain parts of the country, primarily in the southern area and the bulls are killed.

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What do you call the movement when a matador moves his cape away from a charging bull?

== == The movement is known as a "veronica." It is named for St. Veronica and the gesture she used in wiping the face of Jesus.

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What are colitas?

Colitas may refer to the customary pigtail worn by matadores in the past. The word means 'little tail' in Spanish. It was a mark of their profession. Few have them today and, if they do, they are usually clip ons and not real, only worn during a bullfight.

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Why does the matador wave the red flag at a bull?

Matadors do not use 'flags.' They use two types of capes. The first is called a capote and it is a large, heavy rose colored cape used to test the bull and guide the bull when it first enters the bullring. The second is a smaller and lighter red cape that is suspended from a wooden stick and the matador's sword. The muleta is used in the final parts of the bullfight - the faena (performance)and the estocada (kill).The purpose of the capes is to be a lure and decoy. The bull has never encountered a man on foot before and thinks the cape is part of the man. However, the bull learns quickly and the matador dare not extend his performance too long as he will most assuredly be gored.

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What Spanish speaking country has bullfighting?

Spain, Mexico, Portugal, France and a number of Central and South American countries hold bullfights.

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Should bullfighting be stopped?

Bull Fighting has been a culture of Spain for centuries and the Matadors commended for bravery. Bull Fighting is also an art form and graceful, but I am totally against it. The bull generally doesn't stand a chance and I refuse to watch Bull Fighting (right up there with dog fighting.) I have seen it on TV re accidents and I can't say I feel any sympathy for the Matador getting gored and the bull winning. If the Matador went into the ring without a weapon, a cape and went head on with a bull then I'd watch! To torment animals isn't my bag!

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Is bullfighting dangerous?

Bullfighting is dangerous because the bullfighter could be gored by the bull's horn at any moment.

Bullfighting is also dangerous for the bull because it becomes confused and could then hurt itself and usually at the end of a bullfight, the bull is killed.

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Bullfighting is national game of which country?

spain

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Where did bullfighting originate?

Bullfighting is a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, southern France and some Latin American countries (Mexico,Colombia,Venezuela,Peru and Ecuador)

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Why do people disagree with bullfighting?

Bullfighting is sport in which endangers both humans and bulls involved. This is one of the many reasons it is illegal in the UK.

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How did bullfighting start in Spanish culture?

Bull fighting did not begin in Spain. It has it's beginning with Bull Worship and Bull Sacrifice in Prehistory. It evolved over time until it was made a popular spectacle in Moorish Spain.

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The bullfight as we know it today developed back in the 1700s in Spain but some form of bullfighting has been around since ancient times. Roman Emperor Claudius is thought to have introduced a form of bullfighting to Spain in the first century when gladiator fights were outlawed. In about 1726 Francisco Romero became the first to popularize fighting the bull on foot and is considered the first 'modern' matador.

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What is the difference between a mammoth and a matador?

mammoths are - any of various lagre,hairy,extinct elephant of the genus mammuthus,expecially the wooly mammoth.

I believe you are referring to a mastadon not a matador because a matador is one of those Spanish bull fighters.

if you are talking about a mastadon the main difference is the eating habits. It is widely belived that mastdons were browsers of shubby vegitations while mammoths where grazers of herbacious grasses.

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Why is bullfighting a bad thing?

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In what country did bullfighting originate?

Bull fighting in its modern form has been around for about 300 years. However, forms of bullfighting have been around almost since the dawn of mankind.

The bullfight as we know it today developed back in the 1700s in Spain but some form of bullfighting has been around since ancient times. Roman Emperor Claudius is thought to have introduced a form of bullfighting to Spain in the first century when gladiator fights were outlawed. In about 1726 Francisco Romero became the first to popularize fighting the bull on foot and is considered the first 'modern' matador.

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How many countries have banned bullfighting?

I may not have them all but this will start you off. There is a difference of banning it altogether and banning the killing of the bull or having it be a bloodless event... the ones who have banned it from being killed and/or bloody are Ecuador, Canada, Cuba, United States, most of France, 2 regions in Spain... cities in Portugal (might be all of it now), Venezuela, and Colombia.

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What happens when you wave a red flag at a bull?

Matadors do not use 'flags.' They use two types of capes. The first is called a capote and it is a large, heavy rose colored cape used to test the bull and guide the bull when it first enters the bullring. The second is a smaller and lighter red cape that is suspended from a wooden stick and the matador's sword. The muleta is used in the final parts of the bullfight - the faena (performance)and the estocada (kill).The purpose of the capes is to be a lure and decoy. The bull has never encountered a man on foot before and thinks the cape is part of the man. However, the bull learns quickly and the matador dare not extend his performance too long as he will most assuredly be gored.

By the way, fighting bulls are not trained. They are wild animals, descendants of the ancient wild cattle that once roamed southern Europe. They are not domesticated and have never encountered a man on foot until they enter a bullring. They are raised on special ranches devoted to fighting bulls.

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Should bullfighting be banned?

Those that consider bullfights inhumane are usually those who have never attended a bullfight nor have they studied the spectacle. It is simply inhumane to these people because it is a public spectacle. Let's compare the life of a fighting bull to that of a steer raised for beef. The fighting bull remains with its mother until one year of age. At that time it is released into a huge, lush pasture where it matures with little human contact until it is 4-6 years old. At that age it may be sold to a bullring and is taken in a special crate or truck. In the bullring it undergoes picing and banderillas. Yes, it is somewhat painful but the bull, by this time, is so pumped up on adrenaline that the pain is barely noticed. Within 15 minutes the bull has died.

A steer is taken from its mother when it is weened and castrated. This is done with nothing to dull the pain. I have witnessed it and it is painful to even watch. The vet cuts the end off of the scrotum, grabs the testicles and rips them out of the young animal. The eyes of the animal will roll back in pain and it will sometimes scream. The animal continues to be in severe pain for several days or weeks. The animal eventually ends up at 1-2 years of age in a filthy and crowded feed lot where it is fattened up for a few months before it is loaded onto a crowded truck and hauled to a slaughter house. There it will be killed, either with a pneumatic rod driven through the skull or by electrocution.

Which of these two examples is less humane? Of course, we do not know or see the source of our prime steaks or Big Macs so are oblivious as to the torture that animal went through so we could enjoy our red meat. Everything was hidden from us. If it can't be seen, our minds ignore it. Fighting bulls die a public execution and that is why people get upset. Let these fine folks follow a calf raised for the dinner table from birth to slaughter and they may have a different opinion of the bullfight.

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Who were some of the famous bullfighters?

Three famous bull fighters are Manolete, Pedro Ramirez Martinez, and Antonio Ordonez.

Two famous bull fighters include: José Marrero from Cuba and Alejandro Amaya from Mexico. Also, Conchita Cintron from Peru is another well known bull fighter.

Even with its inherent cruelty, bullfighting is still popular in Spain and Mexico. Some famous bullfighters include Curro Romero, Carlos Arruza, and Juan Belmonte.

Enrique Ponce, El Fandi and Ivan Fandino.

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Who introduced bull fighting to Mexico?

Spain

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How many bulls are killed a year by bullfighting?

The intended purpose of a bull fight is to eventually kill the animal, so in theory all bulls involved in bull fights die.

If such statistics are actually kept, they are not published on the Internet. The number of bulls killed each year in bullfights worldwide would run in the thousands.

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