Bullfighting has been a tradition in many parts of the world since prehistoric times. The bull was worshipped as sacred, and thus fought to prove bravery, then sacrificed. The Ancient Romans practiced bullfighting and other animal-human battles on a regular basis. Eventually the sport spread to other European nations, but as time went on it became most popular in Spain and Portugal.
Of course, in those days men were the only ones allowed to do anything fun, sporty, showy or risky (that is except childbirth, which is always risky). Women had very few rights well into the 20th century. Thus, the bullfighting was dominated by male figures until 2010. Women had been infiltrating the sport for a few years already, but it wasn’t until 2010 when the forcadas became an official group. They train just as long and just as hard as the men, and wear no protective gear – just like the men.
At this point it is important to remind readers that modern bullfighting does not include slaying the bull. The purpose of the sport is to immobilize the bull, and of course entertainment for the crowd. Bullfighting is not an easy sport, it takes valor, athleticism, skill, training and instinct. Plus, to successfully partake in bullfighting one must have a deep appreciation for the history and tradition of the sport. The forcadas have a great amount of respect for the strength and beauty of the bull, thereby challenging themselves by attempting to overpower the beast.
The most famous group of forcadas is the Forcadas of Mazatlan or the Forcadas Querentanas. Recently a small group has been formed in Portugal, and like in Mexico the bull is not killed. There are no glaring differences between the practices of the Mexican and Portuguese bullfighters, however in Portugal the bulls have the tips of the horns sawed off to prevent injury.
Women forcadas have all the swagger of their male counterparts. Yet there is something even more intriguing about a group of eight women working to immobilize a huge 1000 pound bull. Their methods are different than those used by the men. They come at the face of the bull, full throttle and jump on the head. The rest of the team then jumps onto the body of the bull to gain control. Thus, the forcadas are more aggressive, willing to take more risks and are much more entertaining to watch. Don’t be shy. If you are curious, take in a show and see the spectacle for yourself.
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