Before the activity begins, the ring is groomed
and painted.  Plaza de Toros is the oldest
bullring in Spain, built in 1749.
Bulls are colorblind, so red doesn’t make them
mad.  It just hides the blood.
If the bullfighter has fought very bravely, the
crowd can petition the judge to award him a bull’s
ear, or in rare cases 2 ears.  If he was the best
of the best, he would get 2 ears and a tail.
There is a social distinction between “sol”
 and “sombra” or sun and shade. Seville
 society was in the shade,
we mere mortals looked into the sun.


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