El Torero Bullfighting
El torero en España Bullfighting started in Spain but can now be seen in many countries including Portugal, France, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
La Arena La Plaza de Toros de la Venta, in Madrid, Spain, is the most famous bullring in the world. But la Plaza México, in México, is the biggest (with a capacity of48,0000 people.)
El toro Bulls are raised specifically to be fighters About 40, 000 die each year in bullfights
El matador Always wears “el traje de luces” or suit of lights. Enters ring first to test bull and try various passes with his “capote” or cape.
El picador Attempts to stab bull on neck muscle. Helps lower bull’s horns and focus/anger bull.
Las banderillas 3 men each trying to put 2 barbed sticks (banderillas) into bull. Anger and weaken bull further
La estocada The matador attracts bull with cape to wear bull down and show his skill He will kill bull with his “estoque” or steel sword by thrusting it between the bull’s shoulders and through its heart
Al final To show their appreciation for the fight the crowd will wave white handkerchiefs and yell “¡Ole!” If the matador has been particularly good, he will receive one or both of the bulls ears