Sunday, January 25, 2009
Bullfights In Medellin, Colombia
La XVIII Feria Taurina de La Macarena Bullfights in Medellin.
The bull throws the matador, Antonio Barrera, through the air.
Yesterday, Spaniard Antonio Barrera struggled with his bull but the two Colombianos Cristóbal Pardo y Héctor José put on a good show for the crowd.
Antonio Barrera attempts to sheild himself from the oncoming bull.
Bullfight Schedule for Medellin Feria Taurina de La Macarena
Segunda corrida. Sábado 31 de enero. Toros de Ernesto Gutiérrez para Diego González, Morante de la Puebla y Miguel Ángel Perera.
Festival Taurino. Viernes 6 de febrero, Ejemplares de La Carolina para El Cid, Sebastián Castella, Matías Tejela, Luís Bolívar, Rubén Pinar y Jerónimo Delgado.
Tercera corrida. Sábado 7 de febrero. Toros de Las Ventas del Espíritu Santo para Manuel Jesús El Cid, Sebastián Castella y Luís Bolívar.
Bullfighting traces its roots to prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice. The killing of the sacred bull (tauromachy) is the essential central iconic act of Mithras, which was commemorated in the mithraeum wherever Roman soldiers were stationed. The oldest representations of what it seems to be a man facing a bull is on the celtiberian tombstone from Clunia and the cave painting "El toro de hachos", both found in Spain. Many of the oldest bullrings in Spain are located on or adjacent to the sites of temples to Mithras
Bullfighting is often linked to Rome, where many human-versus-animal events were held. There are also theories that it was introduced into Hispania by the Emperor Claudius when he instituted a short-lived ban on gladiatorial games, as a substitute for those combats. The latter theory was supported by Robert Graves. In its original form, the bull was fought from horseback using a javelin. (Picadors are the remnants of this tradition, but their role in the contest is now a relatively minor one limited to "preparing" the bull for the matador.) Bullfighting spread from Spain to its Central and South American colonies, and in the 19th century to France, where it developed into a distinctive form in its own right.
Bullfighting generates heated controversy in many areas of the world, including Mexico, Ecuador, Spain, Portugal, and Colombia. Supporters of bullfighting argue that it is a culturally important tradition, while animal rights groups argue that it is a blood sport because of the suffering of the bull and horses during the bullfight.
Diego Ventura in Medellin, Colombia; 2006