Monday, January 23, 2012

Spaniards do not know fear

In the east and north east of Spain, towns celebrate their fiestas with "toros embolados," or "flaming bulls,".

Basically, large balls of flaming wax or fireworks are attached to the bulls horns and then they are set loose to rampage around the streets. Although the crowds at these events taunt the animals, in the end the bulls' lives are spared.

Such a festival took place in the small town of Navajas on Saturday but it all went horribly wrong when a 45 year old man tripped just as the bull was released. The bull gored him and then trampled on his head causing irreversible injuries.

The mayor of the town offered condolences to the family and arranged for black bows to be tied to the town hall flags. What he did not do was cancel the similar event scheduled for Sunday. 

Why would he? If you choose to chase angry bulls in narrow streets, then you have to know that there is a risk involved. The man in question had travelled 70km to the event, it wasn’t like he was an innocent bystander who just got caught up in what was going on. Some would say he was brave, I would just say he was stupid but that is just my opinion.

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