National Geographic : 2009 Nov
PHOTO JOURNAL | CARLOS CAZALIS An Évora forcado springs into action as the pega, the second act, commences. The first part of a Portuguese bullfight features the cavaleiro, a horseman who weakens the bull by sticking it with spears called bandarilhas. The cernelha---two forcados fighting the bull but using tamer cattle as a distraction---can be used as a last resort. Shadows of bleacher- seated spectators play on the outer wall of a plaza in Castro Marim. The bullfighting season in Portugal lasts from April through October, with hundreds of matches a year. Most attract several thousand attendees, though a soccer game can trim that figure if slated for the same evening.