National Geographic : 2009 Nov
PHOTO JOURNAL | CARLOS CAZALIS At a house near Alcácer do Sal, forcados wrap themselves in traditional red sashes. The 40 men will share a light meal, then a culling process as the group leader, called the cabo, selects 16 for the night's match. Later, at the ring, he'll pick eight of those to face a bull. The next generation of forcados stares down a future foe in a Montemor-o-Novo ring. Each year features two Youth Days, one in this municipality, the other in Vila Franca de Xira. At both, group elders acquaint teens and preteens with cows and their ways. An early interest, aficionados say, is often predictive of a forcado-to-be.