Cultures of Spain


1. Explain what is meant by the statement “The bull is the totem of Spain.” In other words, why is the bull identified with Spain and the Spaniards?

2. Like any other sport, there is a certain formula that is followed in a bullfight. From start to finish, describe this event. What are the stages of a bullfight and who are the participants?

3. When do bullfights usually take place? Include days and seasons.

4. Describe the regional (geographic, political, etc.) divisions toward bullfighting.

5. What effect did the civil war and resulting dictatorship have on los toros?

6. Why would people willingly choose to rick their life by participating in los toros?