Friday, May 03, 2013

Awesome Photo Shows Matador Torero Álvaro Múnera’s Moment of Enlightenment on the Horror of Bullfighting: Drops in Remorse in Front of the Bull

Two things about this photo.  One, you can see his moment of enlightenment and shame and what he has done in his career.  His heart wins over.  Two, the bull, who is injured, senses his mood, and appears to move in to console him.  The bull easily could have mauled him, but he doesn’t, based on its sensitivity to the mood of Munera. Awesome.

Here is some writing on the photo, found at  I’ve also posted in the photo below.

This incredible photo marks the end of Matador Torero Álvaro Múnera’s career. He collapsed in remorse mid-fight when he realized he was having to prompt this otherwise gentle beast to fight. He went on to become an avid opponent of bullfights. Even grievously wounded by picadors, he did not attack this man.

Torrero Munera is quoted as saying of this moment: “And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer - because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven. I felt like the worst shit on earth.”

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