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The Bullfight

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In celebration of Our Lady of the Forsaken, a patron saint of Valencia, bullfights were held at the Plaza de Toros this weekend. Since they don’t occur too often (not every weekend, like some might think, including myself), I thought I’d take the opportunity to see one.

Before going I had some apprehension about this part of Spanish “culture.” I turns out the apprehension was valid. I can safely say that was my first and last bullfight.

The “sport” of bullfighting is a sport of stabbing a bull, usually about ten times, with several kinds of sharp impaling utensils over a period of fifteen to twenty minutes, slowly bleeding the animal until it can “fight” no longer. Its spectators consisted of old cigar-smoking men and tourists from all over. The stands were made of concrete and brick, surely putting many rear-ends to sleep.

I took over 800 photos spanning the demise of five bulls; I wanted to document as much as I could. The gore was easily captured in many a shot. If you can stomach it, view some photos from the day by watching a slideshow of 150 photos or by clicking the link after the slideshow to see photos presented individually. Warning: Some of the photos are graphic and bloody.

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Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Death in the Afternoon
Death in the Afternoon

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia
The poor horses, too.

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Defenseless

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia
Bullfight in Valencia

Bullfight in Valencia

Taking Down the Flags

Fila 10 - 14

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Written by Jeff

May 10, 2009 at 7:23 am

Posted in Photos, Spain, Valencia

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