This image has been on the internet for a while. I also read that it has been debunked as false. Nonetheless, seeing it today made me remember a tale to tell you.
I have never seen this reaction of a matador to a bull, but have seen a bullfight in Madrid , a fight to the death between a matador and a bull. I had not wanted to go to see this gory unfair event. The bull is teased and hurt outside the ring to make it mad enough to fight inside the ring. My husband and children wanted to see this Spanish tradition, so I was overridden.
As we entered , we were seated in a special box with other tourists, notably Japanese people that day. Much to my horror the Spanish attendees would look at our box for our reaction to tho fight. My reaction was almost constant tears for the bull and his suffering. The Japanese guests left after seeing only a few minutes but I couldn’t get any of my family to follow. I was there for the whole succession of fights. One bull actually won and the audience voted to save him for another day’s fight. So he run out to return to the ring and face his death on another day.
My husband told me that Spain avoided the World Wars through their neutrality. There were sympathizers of the Spanish people to the Axis side. Well my husband thinks watching bull fights alleviates the aggression . I don’t know about that, myself.
Restaurants in the Spanish capital city, advertise and have signs declaring the specialty of the fresh steaks from the matador’s kill. In smaller eateries, there is a television broadcasting recent fights for the diners to enjoy.
Spain is a magnificent country of music, architecture, history, and food. But bullfighting?
That is not for me !
This is the rest of the story! Watch at your own discretion! I actually do have some negative feelings about Americans imposing our traditions and culture on another country. This video is an accurate presentation of the process,. What do you think?