In northern Portugal, the neighbouring villages of Padornelo and Morgado settled their difference sin the traditional way on Sunday (30 November).
GV Bull being led through town of Montalegre and being tied up. (2 SHOTS)
CU Man sharpening bull's horns.
GV Truck load of men arriving at field where crowd has assembled.
GV Second bull being led into field.
CU One bull and PAN TO other bull, with crowd looking on.
GV Two bulls locking horns and fighting.
SV Crowd cheering and waving sticks as winning bull walks among them with ribbons and flowers on its head. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: In northern Portugal, the neighbouring villages of Padornelo and Morgado settled their difference sin the traditional way on Sunday (30 November). They held a bull fight. Two champion bulls sporting the colours of the villages locked horns in a display of strength. The age-old contest produced a symbolic win for the people of Padornelo, in an area steeped in the ways of traditional rural life.
SYNOPSIS: The contest took place at Montalegre on Portugal's northern border with Spain. The area is rich in folk tradition which graces local religious festivals with old songs and dances. In the north farms are very small and operate on a subsistence basis. It is in this atmosphere that village rivalries run high, especially when it comes to the question of bulls.
There are very pointed arguments as to whose village has the best bulls. An argument which can only be settled by a fight.
In a Montalegre field crowds gathered to watch the spectacle. In a region famous for its cattle smuggling there was an abundance of interest in the contest. The bulls that were chosen were the pair which proved most popular with the local cows during the year.
Each bull weighed about a tonne and locked horns in a tussle which lasted about a minute. The animals showed the strength that enabled them to take part in a contest so crucial to the rural dignity of the villages.
The display was well received by the spectators, who began cheering and waving sticks when it became apparent that the bull from Morgado had abandoned the fight, giving victory to the Padornelo village's bull.