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18 Apr. 2016
Spanish assistant bullfighter Francisco Javier Sanchez... more
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18 Apr. 2016
Seville, Spain
Spanish assistant bullfighter Francisco Javier Sanchez Araujo (R) gives a rose to Spanish matador Morante de la Puebla who holds a trophy, an ear of a bull, during a bullfight at the Real Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain April 15, 2016. At the Real Maestranza arena the crowd enjoys a tradition that dates back over a thousand years. Wearing an embroidered gold and white outfit and wielding a long thin sword, the matador taunts the 600-kilo bull with his cape, dodging its horns again and again. Despite the full stands at the bullring, which hosted its first fight in 1761, the sport attracts an increasingly slim audience, as new generations shun what they see as a cruel and unfair fight. Matadors say those who oppose bullfighting don't understand the bullring's intimacy or the artistry of the fight. To finish off the bout, matadors deliver the "estocada," a deft strike through the bull's shoulder blades to pierce its heart. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo SEARCH "EL MATADOR" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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