Saturday, July 7, 2012

¡Que vivan los toros! - A glimpse of the stands...

With mixed emotions at a height, I was able to sneak in a few pictures before the next corrida began. For many, the camera was a welcome distraction from the ring.

Here, you can see the crowd at the end of one of the corridas. What they are waving is a white pañuelo, or handkerchief, which indicates their approval of the torero´s performance. The prizes are awarded by the presidente, who presides over the corridas.  If the torero has done a good job, he will be awarded una oreja (a ear) from the bull. If he has done really well, he will be awarded dos orejas (two ears). If his work was exceptional and the crowd cheers for it, he will be awarded dos orejas y el rabo (two ears and the tail).  

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