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Bullfighting quotes and trivia you can really startle your friends with.

A sometimes heard quote among the cognicenti of taurismo (bullfighting). 'Cuando hay toreros, no hay toros! Y cuando hay toros, no hay toreros!'
'When there are (good) bullfighters there are no (good) bulls, and when there are (good) bulls there are no (good) bullfighters!!!'

The three elements of a very good pass combination with the cape are PARAR -TEMPLAR and MANDAR. Parar =to stand firm and not move the feet, Templar =to time the passing of the bull (when this is done correctly it looks almost like slow motion in real time as the bull makes a 360 degree complete circle around the matador) and Mandar =to send the bull away in control and in the right direction so he turns and charges again.

If you really want to stump bullfighting aficionados bring up the concept of 'querencia' with them. 'Querencia' is the tendency of the bull to stay in and defend a certain territory in the bullring where he thinks he feels somewhat safe. You will often see a bull urinate there to mark it. A smart matador will not try to have a bull charge 'out of' his querencia, but a bull will charge trying to get back into his querencia. (Even some loud mouth who thinks he knows 'all about' bullfighting doesn't know that, believe me.)

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2004
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