Bullfights

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Santarem, Portugal
Bullfights - Forcados - Santarém
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Bullfights Santarem Reviews

AvelinoL AvelinoL
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Bullfights Feb 04, 2017
Santarém is the joyful capital of bullfights, and everything concerning bulls is important in local culture and traditions. I'm not a bullfight lover, but I saw one (and just one) exactly at... Santarém, of course.

Even for those who don't like the "corrida", the visit to the fields where the bulls are created in freedom, the contact with the elegant and proud guys that risk their lives in that hard job (“campinos”), with wine, folklore and “fado” around, are something to remember, and... part of the party.

The most Portuguese moment in a bullfight is when eight men (“forcados”) try to immobilize the bull only by arms' force.

The top of emotion in the show is when one of them faces and challenges the bull, with the other seven lined behind him not to distract the animal.

More than a bravado, being a “forcado” is a social distinction, with a cultural behavior associated, replacing football as the conversations' theme in the day after.

Funny that, in the public garden in the center of town, the “forcados” are represented by a bowling combination. In this game, the pins must beat the ball.
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piglet44 says:
It is very interesting but I think it would be very difficult for me to watch a bullfight.
Posted on: Feb 07, 2017
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