Toros De Sevilla

Trip Start Mar 23, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, April 28, 2008

     On April 27, 2008, three matadors fought or more appropriately danced with two bulls each at Plaza De Toros De Sevilla.  The name of the fighters were Agustin De Espartinas, Fernando Del Toro, and Abel Valls.  The best performance of the night was Agustin De Espartinas with his 2nd bull.  The trumpet sounds the first stage of the match in which two men on horseback enter the ring armed with lances.  Agustin studies the bulls moves and notices which side it favors as the bull charges the hoarse lifting its front legs off of the ground.  The man or picador shoves the lance into the bulls muscle along its shoulder.  The bull does not even seem phased as it continues to drive into the armored horse.  In the past the horses had no protection and it was common for a horse to be disemboweled by the bulls horn. 
     The second stage is again started with the sound of a trumpet.  Three Banderilleros place razor sharp barbed sticks into the bulls flank.  The blood shines in the sun as it runs down the bulls side. 
     The final stage is the third of death or tercio de muerte.  Agustin enters with his muleta or small red cape and sword.  With style and grace he attempts to dance with the bull controlling its every move.  The fighter inches his way to the bulls head, so close he could lay his hand on its forehead.  When Agustin is ready the bull charges for the muelta while the crowd cheers ole.  The point is not only to dodge the bulls charge but to do it with posture and pomp.  The best matador will get so close to the bull that its blood rubs off onto his clothes as it passes by.  A hapless one will be gorged with its horn as he is tossed like a doll.  Hemingway said bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighters honor.  After a series of successful turns, Agustin, just inches away from the bull turns his back to it and struts away.  After playing this game a few times the matador is ready for the most dangerous maneuver yet.  He must reach over the bulls head thrusting a sword between its shoulders into the aorta.  He aims and with one stab the bull falls dead.  The crowd roars waving white handkerchiefs in the air.  Agustin is awarded the bulls ear for his performance.  He circles the ring with the bulls ear in hand as the crowd cheers throwing their hats to the brave fighter. 
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