The Battle Of The Spanish Revolution

1395 Words Oct 20th, 2016 6 Pages
How important to you is a claim to a unique culture? For the Spaniards, it is not only important but essential despite being built upon primitive motives. The unique bull fights have prompted the Spanish government and people to continue them despite international interpretations of bull fighting as animal cruelty.
This old, energetic tradition began over a thousand years ago when Iberian Christians grew bored of life because their attempts to avoid it prevented wars from occurring. In a quest for a more exciting hunt than timid deer, they began to purposefully hunt bulls to prove their strength and power. Then, around the eleven-hundreds, King Alfonso VIII instigated the first official corrida (or better known as bull fight). Despite Pope Pius V’s papal attempts to ban the bull fights, Spain’s tradition only grew in vigor as the French Bourbon dynasty came and went (“History”).
As centuries passed, strong, methodical traditions for the bull fights were slowly put in place. Nowadays, three bulls are killed over the course of two and a half hours and each bull dies not by the hands of a singular matador, but by a matador and his two or three assistants. These assistants (also known as picadors) participate in the ritual on horseback. According to the Aficionados International website, there are three intricate acts to a bull fight: “The bull’s entrance and the act of the lances”, “the act of the banderillas”, and “the muleta and the moment of truth” (“What”). In…
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