THE HORN AND THE SWORD by Jack Randolph Conrad


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Not precisely a history of bullfighting per se this is rather a history of mankind's association with and relationship to bulls from the great auroch to modern corridas in Spain. The growth of mythologies and theologies connected with the bull's strength and fertility is traced from earliest times to the dawn of civilization, from Sumerian and Babylonian, to Indian and Egyptian, Levantine and Cretan, Greek and Roman, European and Spanish; the changes from taurine benefactions and dangers to his mystical symbolism and magic, to the beliefs in creation and destruction, and on to the Christian assimilation of some of the practices --are presented and described, with all the rites and rituals. Survivals today are located and the basis of Spanish bullfighting and its integral part in national culture has a new explanation --the satisfaction of seeing a power totem defeated. This is for the deeper student of the origins of man-bull connection rather than the tourist on a first visit to the bull ring, and provides an extensive footnote to the earlier Biography of the Bulls by Rex Smith.

Publisher: Dutton