La Fiesta Brava - The Bull Fight

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Friday, December 28, 2012

These pictures of La Fiesta Brava (Bullfighting) are much better than my pictures
or any pictures that I could ever take......
https://www.google.ca/search?q=mexican+bullfighting&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=d1vcUIG5O7H62AWe9YDYBw&sqi=2&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1525&bih=693


http://www.topendsports.com/image/photos/bull-fighting/bull-fight.jpg.php


Matador getting gored by the Bull (bad bull)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwgxzZ60CdQ

LA FIESTA BRAVA - THE BULL FIGHT:

99% of Gringo's are pantsy assed sissies that find the concept of a Bull Fight disgustung and repulsive.... That is because most Gringo's live in a sterlized world that is divorced from reality...The pantsie assed Gringo's do not think about where the leather comes from that is in their belts and shoes  or the process involved in geting it there ...They do not think about where their Filet Mignon steaks come from....
And they do not understand what a Bull Fight is all about.
It is not a fight...
It is an exhibition of bravery and courage..
It is a ritual - It is an art form
It is a celebration of the courage and bravery of man.
A Bull Fight is not about the Bull - It is about the Matador.....

In Spanish - it is not called a Bull Fight.
It is a "La Fiesta Brava" - a celebration of the courage and bravery of the Matador.....

La Fiesta Brava is not a fight, it is not a bull fight...
La Fiesta Brava is a performance, a ritual, a celebration - it is not a fight.....

If you empathize with the Bull - you should not go to a Bull Fight....
It is considered to be in Very Bad Taste to cheer for the Bull at a Bull Fight...
If you want to get punched in the face at a Bull Fight - try cheering for the Bull......

La Fiesta Brava involves many cerimonies and rituals
Mexico is the biggest country in the world for La Fiesta's Brava.........
Bigger than in Spain...
The biggest La Fiesta Brava statium - a Plaza de Torres, in the world is in Mexico City....

La Fiesta Brava is presided over by a Presidente and a panel of judges,
who judge the performance of the Matador...

If the Matador's performance is good, he is awarded an ear of the Bull
If the Matador's performance is really good, he is awarded two ears of the Bull.
If the Matador's performance is really terrific, he is awarded both ears of the Bull
and its tail.
The Matador walks around the edge of the Bull Ring showing and exhibiting to the audience
the Bull's ear or ears or ears and tail that he has been awarded by the presidente and the panel of Judges...to wild cheering by the audience, who throw their hats into the Bull Ring as a sign of Respect.... I personally do not throw my hat into the ring - maybe I will buy a cheap 10 peso hat that I can throw into the ring......

The Matador's performance is judged on 4 criteria:

1. Aguante: - his control over the Bull

2. Postura - how he stands, not moving his feet, and the grace of his movements
                 - the movements of a dancer...

3. Mando - command over the Bull by the use of his cape and body movements...

4. El Temple - style and timing - judged on the distance between the Matador's cape,
                       the bull and the Matador..the closer, the better...

The Matador dedicates the killing of the Bull to someone in the audience - usually a beautiful lady or a very influencial man...he indicates who he is dedicating the kill to by throwing them his hat.....

With the sword pointed towards "La Cruz" the point on the Bull's back into which the sword is to be plunged, the Matador lunges forward. If it is a good "Estocada" the sword will pierce the Heart and the Bull dies instantly. If it is not a good "Estocada" the Bull may live for several minutes, walking around very slowly in a daze with the sword sticking out of his back. When the Bull eventually falls down - a second kills the Bull with a dagger (a knife)...

There is no cheering until the body of the Bull has been pulled through the sand and out of the Arena by mules....And the Matador has been given his award - an ear, or ears or ears and a tail,
and walks around the edge of the arena to loud and enthusiatic cheering by the crowd accompanied by much throwing of hats into the arena...

Note: the Matador's wear skin tight outfits in very loud, bright, strong colors in glittering material.
A little bit like the outfits that Elvis Presley wore... And the Matador's often have a very big bulge in their crotch area - to show that they have bigger balls than the Bull.....but maybe they are wearing some protection there, being a man, I am sure that it is a part of their body that they do not want to get badly damaged.........

The are 150 ganaderias in Mexico,  Bull Ranches dedicated to raising Bulls for Bull Fights,
with over 50,000 Bulls on them...The Bulls are constantly being culled and breed to eliminate weaknesses in the breed - and they have huge horns..........
It may seem like a lot of money is being spent on providing Bulls for the "La Fista Brava",
but I doubt that it is anywhere near the amount of money being paid to Hockey Players(not this year), Football Players and Baseball Players in North America....

I am skipping over the 3 terios (stages) of a Bull Fight which involve sticking 6 highly and very brightly decorated barbed lances into the Bull, a horseback rider spearing the Bull a number of times (there is a shield on the spear which prevent it from penetrating into the Bull more than 2.5 inches and the Matador's performance.....

I find it difficult to get pantsy assed sissy Gringo's to go to the Bull Fights with me.
So I am hoping that this description of what a fun thing it is
will help me convince some one to accompany me to the Bull Fight on New Year's Eve,.....

 Here's Hoping>>>>>>

Hasta La Vista Bebe!!!!!!
Mexico Dave

















 








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John Dimon on

Ok David count me in...I'll go with you. Let's drink Dos Equis, bask in the sun and cheer for the bull. Ole!

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