Amateur Bullfighting In Mexico

By BobbyRica | October 23, 2010

Bullfighting used to be a popular sport that was introduced by the Spanish conquistadores. So popular it is that cities and towns had erected bullrings and even makeshift arenas to accommodate the sport. Through the years, however — and understandably at that, bullfighting is on the decline as more modern games like soccer has become a national obsession. Also, bullfighting has long received the ire of animal rights activists and have been the receiving end of their campaign to abolish it. Despite it being a strong part of Latin American culture, bullfighting is largely associated with religious celebrations.

In the small town of Huamantla in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico, bullfighting is an annual event held on the day of the Virgin Mary. The streets are awashed in brightly-coloured designs. The main draw here is amateur bull-fighting event that occurs after the religious procession. Local Mexicans and tourists rush to to watch men (mouths agape) as they challenge the bulls to a test of wills. Unfortunately for them, the bull usually wins.

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