|Plaza de Toros de la Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla|
[Say that ten times fast...]
I went to the bullfight with some classmates, and shortly after arriving, we realized that we had absolutely no idea what to expect. We had this picture in our heads of what a bullfight "should" be like, and (SPOILER ALERT) we were fully aware that the bulls were going to die at the end. Other than that, we were basically clueless. We eventually recognized a pattern of events, but it wasn't until I did some research afterwards that I really understood the meaning behind what happened. So, I'm going to combine my experience with a little supplemental background information to give you all an idea of what goes on during a bullfight.
[Also, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my parents for giving me such an awesome camera. All the photos you see on this post are ones that I took myself. Thanks Mom and Dad!]
Each bullfight has at least one Matador, and he is accompanied by two lancers on horseback, three flagmen, a sword servant, and several other assistants. Bullfighting season begins in the spring, and normally the most experienced Matadors open the season, and as time goes on the Matadors are less experienced. We had the good fortune to get tickets to one of the last bullfights in Sevilla. It was a special festival, so there were two very experienced Matadors in this bullfight.
They are all dressed in custom-made suits that are hand-sewn and, consequently, very costly. Some of the Matadors wear suits that are sewn with silver or even gold thread. The type of suit worn denotes the role of each person in the bullfight. The bullfight is split into three parts, and each man (yes, they're all men) has his specific job in each part.
Part One: Tercio de Veras
|In this photo of the Tercio de Muerte, you can see the banderillas|
hanging from the bull's shoulders.