Friday, 5 September 2014

Portuguese bullfighters

Portuguese bullfighting differs from the Spanish method as it involves eight forcados tackling the bull bare-handed, while Spanish matadors are armed and have their traditional red cape.
The Portuguese tradition also says that the bull should not be killed in the ring - though it is usually led off out of the audience's sight to be slaughtered after the fight.
A Portuguese bullfight starts with the cavaleiro - an armed horseman - stabbing the bull in the back with javelins to weaken it.

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