Tertúlia de Forcados

by Armando March. 17, 2014 2344 views

A forcado (European Portuguese: ) is a member of the team that performs the pega de cara or pega de caras (“face catch”), the final event in a typicalPortuguese bullfight. Forcados were usually people from lower classes who, to this day, practice their art through amateur associations.
In past times the bullring had a staircase to the royal cabin and forcados were employed to ensure that the bull did not enter the stairs. To assist them they used a pole (approx 1.7 m or 5 ft 7 in long) with a half-moon of steel at the top. This pole is called a “forcado” and it is from there the name comes. Nowadays, they only use a more symbolic, less functional version of it in the cortesias (“courtesies”, the opening ceremony) or historical demonstrations.
Pega de caras (face catch) at Cartaxo.
The pega involves eight forcados who challenge the bull with their bare hands. They form a line facing the bull and the caras (front man) eggs the bull on by “playing” with it and taking steps forward if necessary to get it to charge. Once the bull runs forward the first forcado times his jump onto the bull's head. Once on the bull's head and holding onto it, usually around its neck, six forcados jump upon the bull in the same fashion as the first forcado, piling upon themselves and grabbing the bull while one forcado grabs the bull by its tail. The objective is to subdue the bull. The forcado who grabbed the bull by the tail (rabejador) is the last one to release the bull after it is subdued. Bull's horns are covered with a protection of leather to prevent it from injuring forcados. Although in popular street bullfights some bulls are released without any protection at all - “em pontas”.
Forcados appear in traditional clothing of damask or velvet for this event, including a green, long, knit hat. The campinos, who also traditionally wear the knit hats, are also present at the arena to herd the bull back to its pen at the end of thecorrida. The forcados don't wear the hat on their heads, they carry it on their shoulders in the cortesias. During the pega, only the cabo, who is also the leading forcado, wears it.
Forcados are often seriously injured – in 2008 at least one forcado was in a coma for three days – or even killed.

In Wikipedia

Bullfighting, a problematic subject:
Taking the Face [youtu.be]
Taking the Face a Scene Film [youtu.be]

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Antonio Gil 7 years, 2 months ago

Ora aí está uma bela forma de divulgar as tradições cá do burgo.

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
George C 7 years, 2 months ago

il est temps de laisser les traditions primaires et sauvages au passé...Essayons de vivre dans un monde plus civilisé et respectueux de l'animal.
Interesting report ! i did not know this tradition...Better than to kill the bull, but why banderilles?

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Josy 7 years, 2 months ago

merci Armando pour vos explications... Pour ma part je n'ai jamais voulu assister à une corrida...

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 7 years, 2 months ago

Interesting post!

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Bzh29 7 years, 2 months ago

Ouch !... J'imagine que la Portugal aurait une belle équipe de rugby . :))
Bienvenue au bar pour la "troisième mi-temps" ...

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Armando 7 years, 2 months ago

[url=http://youtu.be/6kmBB9VZfXY][b]Forcao Festival - Much more interesting[/b][/url]

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Dunja 7 years, 2 months ago

I really like your picture!!

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Armando 7 years, 2 months ago

A tradition worth its worth.
We can not ignore the importance of the traditions but also can not ignore that humanity evolves.
Today, this tradition is under debate, both in Portugal and in Spain.
In Portugal since the nineteenth century that it is forbidden to kill bulls in bullrings.
In Spain, since the year 2013 that bullfights were banned in Catalonia (Barcelona).

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Finbarr 7 years, 2 months ago

interesting !

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 2 months ago

what can one say about tradition...

7 years, 2 months ago Edited
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