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Corrida de Toros (Bull-Fighting) in Pictures

The Team of Torreros (Bull Fighters)

The Matador
Dressed in gold, he is the principal bull fighter, normally seasoned and often famous.
Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
The Banderilleros
Named after "banderilla" (the short pike they used against the bull) these are less experienced helpers of the matador. They are 3 of them in a corrida, dressed in silver.
Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
The Picadores
Two men on horseback who briefly fight the bull with lances.
Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain

The course of Corrida (Bull Fight)

1. The bull is released into the ring and is skirmished by the matador and his 3 banderilleros. This stage of the corrida lets the team learn the fighting tendencies of the bull. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
2. The matador moves with the bull one-to-one, to further understand the type of bull he is fighting. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
3. The picadores (pikemen) wound the bull with lances to damage his neck muscles and make him loose blood. This weakens the bull for the matador. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
4. The banderilleros stick 6-8 short decorative pikes into the bull's neck to further damage his muscles and nerves and cause more loss of blood. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
5. The main part of the bull fight - the matador performs his play with the cape one-to-one with the wounded bull. It is also the longest stage of the corrida. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
6. The matador goes for the kill - he sinks a sword between the bull's shoulder blades. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
7. The banderilleros come out and all 4 men make the bull move from side to side, causing the sword in his body to sever his internal organs. This finishes off the bull fight. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
8. Once the bull is on the floor, a banderillero severs the spinal cord in his neck with a dagger. This finally incapacitates the bull, although it will still take some minutes for him to die. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain
9. The bull is dragged from the arena by a cart. Sometimes he is still conscious. Bull Fighting (Corrida de Toros) in Valencia, Spain

Sounds brutal? It is. If you are not sure whether you want to see it - read this.

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