domingo, 2 de dezembro de 2007


Bullfighting (Spanish toreo, corrida de toros or tauromaquia; Portuguese tourada, corrida de touros or tauromaquia) is a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, some cities in southern France, and several Latin American countries. Its origin is unknown, though it has been suggested that it was originally brought to Spain by the Visigoths[citation needed]. A link to the old culture of Crete has also been proposed.

The tradition, as it is practiced today, involves professional performers (in Spanish toreros or matadores, in Portuguese toureiros) who execute various formal moves with the goal of appearing graceful and confident, while masterful over the bull itself. Such manoeuvres are performed at close range, and conclude with the death of the bull by a well-placed sword thrust as the finale.

In Portugal the finale consists of a tradition called the “pega”, where men (Forcados) are dressed in a traditional costume of damask or velvet, with long knit hats as worn by the famous “Ribatejo campinos” (bull headers).

Bullfighting generates heated controversy in many areas of the world, including Spain, where the "classic" bullfighting was born. Supporters of bullfighting argue that it is a culturally important tradition, while animal rights groups condemn it as a blood sport because of the suffering of the bull and horses during the bullfight.

2 comentários:

Hugo Evangelista disse...

Felizmente na Lituânia não existem touradas.

Anónimo disse...

Concordo, hugo. Felizmente. Embora eu seja do Norte de Portugal, onde não existem touradas nem tradição, envergonho-me que no resto em Portugal elas ainda existam.