First of all, we have to define the bull: El Toro, in just four letters, how much mystery, how much surprise, how much creativity, how much art. The Spanish Combat Bull is the only animal in the world that has been able to create around itself the most creative and exciting show ever to be created by man: Bullfighting.
The Bull, along the years, has been able to evolve and develop, at the same time that bullfighting was evolving and developing, adapting to the different ways of fighting. It is always a fight, but it adapts to the style of life, customs and preferences showed in each period of time. Consequently it is still evolving, as of today, at the same time as the spectators and the fighters do.
But what’s bullfighting? We could translate it literally as “Running of Bulls”, is this enough? I do not think so. Bullfighting in Spain is a traditional spectacle that became popular in the 18th century. As a consequence, bullfighting is made of hundreds of rules, thousands of traditions and a little bit of superstition. Nowadays, bullfights are considered one of the symbols of the Spanish culture. Bullfighting also takes place in other European countries, like France or Portugal, or in South America. Nevertheless, Spain still remains at the heart of bullfighting.
As a cultural party, the Bullfighting has a type of music associated: Paso Doble, a traditional melody in which a couple dances together in a rhythmic way. It is very popular in summer’s feasts. The bullring always offers a friendly atmosphere, full of fun, a great place to go with friends.
Women, in old days, had to wear a head-dressing called Mantilla, to be able to get into the Bullring. Men also had to be adequately dressed. While Fighters have a most peculiar uniform which allows you to distinguish them easily amongst the crowd; it consists on a gold or silver and coloured jacket with skinned-style short trousers, pink panties and black shoes.
Bullfighting is not only deep in Spanish culture but also extremely popular, both as a show and as a social gathering. For example, in the Feria de San Isidro in Madrid, we can glimpse many of the most known faces in the Spanish social agenda.
The “corrida” is also a bridge to ancient times…: The Bullring, an enormous building like the Roman’s amphitheatres: Bleachers, a special place for the president or Caesar, different gates: one for the animals, another for the fighters who are waiting at the central circle…Ready for the fight! The spectators from their seats can comment, criticize or praise the performance of the matadors. Being the president the authority figure that collects these opinions, valuing and judging the Bullfight.
Bullfighting is a universe of its own. The press is very hard with the industry, but when we talk about bullfighting one never knows if what is said is true, although each one thinks that they hold the absolute truth; something that does not exist in bullfighting.
Forget the preconceptions. Be curious. Enjoy the mystery of bullfighting, always different always ephemeral, always an art.
At Juan Pedro Domecq we always refer to our pigs that roam freely in the Dehesa. Regarding this it is important to note, that Juan Pedro Domecq’s Bull Livestock also live in freedom at the same Dehesa. Bull impact on the Dehesa is the least aggressive with the ecosystem and contributes to its sustainability.