• Short Summary

    Bull fighting with audience participation!...Strictly speaking it's bull-baiting 'Indian' style - but none the less?

  • Description

    Bull fighting with audience participation!...Strictly speaking it's bull-baiting 'Indian' style - but none the less dangerous for that. No heroic Plaza de Toros, with crowds shouting encouragement from the safety of the stands. In this sport, the crowd - usually several thousand of them - are right in the front line of fire. Men, women - young and old - plus a fair sprinkling of children, line the village street all the way from the bulls' enclosure, leaving only a very narrow path-arena for the bulls to charge through.

    No proudly dressed matadors - just about anyone and everyone can leap on the bull as it runs the gauntlet of the crowd. No traditional classic swordplay either: they try to conquer the bull barehanded, and when they succeed, it's usually by weight of numbers rather than studied skill.

    Some bulls stand and wait, others run - very often headlong into the crowd where their sharp, wickedly curved horns take a heavy toll of spectators' flesh. The 'experts' say that none of the actual bull baiters has ever died - but fatalities among the crowd are frequent.

    The festival is usually held after the harvest has been gathered in, when the people of the surrounding countryside gather in the village to celebrate. The bull and bullock, just as much as the cow, is an integral part of life - to be used for sport as well as work and worship.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6U8KRAMORT2O87CKUBZT0TQIQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6U8KRAMORT2O87CKUBZT0TQIQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment