The first bullfight was held in honor of King Alfonso VIII's coronation in 1133. It was called a "corrida" then. These events eventually became popular for celebrating important events and to test the zeal of noblemen.Continue Reading
The modern "corrida" first seen at the coronation in 1133 was popularized in 1726 when Francisco Romero started using a cape and weapons during the event.
Some older paintings imply that some type of bullfighting existed before 1133. A wall painting in Crete that dates to 2000 B.C. shows men and women grabbing a bull by the horns as it charges. Both the Romans and North Africans had their own versions of bullfights as well.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
The matadors of the Spanish corrida, or bullfight, wear a ceremonial outfit called traje de luces, or "suit of lights," and a montera, which is a traditional folk hat. The red cape that the bullfighters wave about is a muleta, and the sword used to deliver the killing blow is the estoque.Full Answer >
The traditional gender roles of men are based on the themes of strength, honor and action, according to licensed psychologist Will Meek, PhD. Such gender roles culturally encourage men to take certain actions while refraining from others.Full Answer >
The samurai had a traditional code called bushido, which included honor, discipline and morality; they lived on a fixed stipend from landowners to support their protective services. The samurai formed the basis of the military traditions and the code of social conduct in Japan.Full Answer >
Some of the sports played in Costa Rica include soccer, Tico-style bullfighting, water sports, Olympic sports, basketball and rugby. Like many other nations in Central America, soccer is considered the national sport.Full Answer >