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October 28, 2009
In Catalonia, this autonomous region of Spain, bullfighting may be on its last legs.
But this ancient art, carried in the art section of Spanish newspapers, won’t go quietly.
Despite the ongoing pressure from animal activist groups, waving their slogans, and the passing of a generation of aficionados that appreciate bullfighting for what it is — a dance of life and death that makes viewers keenly aware of their own mortality.
It's serious stuff.
Today, the bullfight is much the same as it has been since 1726, when Francisco Romero of Ronda, Spain, introduced the sword and the muleta.
“The way you fight reveals who you are,” said the famous Andalusian matador Juan Belmonte. “As a bullfighter you’re completely alone, even if thousands of people are watching your fight.”
Or as Hemmingway put it: “Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.”
Manolete, perhaps, displayed that honor more than any other bullfighter.
His style was sober, a marvel of elegance and he was brave or foolish enough to stand very still while passing the bull close to his body.
He paid for it with his life, in 1947, following a goring in the right upper leg from the Miura bull, Islero. The country observed three days of national mourning and only funeral dirges were heard on the radio.
Referring to the great modern day bullfighter, José Tomás, who came out of retirement to save bullfighting in Barcelona, The New York Times quotes Spanish newspaper El Pais: “This artful corrida to end the season may have been the last in this plaza. What a shame if politicians banned bullfighting here.”
And a recent Telegraph article quotes writer and broadcaster, Robert Elms, an avowed fan of la corrida de toros:
"Barcelona is becoming a bright, clean, cosmopolitan city, but like so many others in Europe, it has lost its mystique."
And, maybe, its identity.
In our attempts to homogenize everything, are we losing too much?
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