The passion of the "fiesta nacional" as the Spaniards refer to the TOROS can be viewed in varying degrees from aesthetic to zoomorphic. A pagentry and certain death made into a spectacle that in fact is a celebration of life.

I don´t sincerely expect a modern era person to understand the unique view point of the Iberian that promoted this drama through the ages and has allowed it to EVOLVE into what it is today.

Death was constantly with the everyday Spaniard who meagerly existed in a Sol Y Sombra, sun and shade climate. Death was all around as was the sun and the meeting place was most often the FIESTA where one could laugh too much until they cried.
In the categories below have a peek into some different vantage points.


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