Monday, August 11, 2008

Campo Pequeno

Campo Pequeno bullring is built in the style of old Arab architecture from Iberia. In the Portugese bullfight, the bull is not killed in the ring and the fight is accordingly referred to as a "bloodless bullfight".

A Portuguese corrida de touros has three main events:

CAVALEIRO - A horseman (rider), dressed in traditional 18th century costumes fights the bull from horseback.

BANDARILHEIROS - Like the Spanish matadores, but without the sword. These men simply play the bull with a red coat.

FORCADOS - A group of eight men who challenge the bull directly, without any protection or weapon of defense! Given the "bloodless" nature, were tempted to watch but it still seemed too gruesome to expose my son to!

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