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  • Let me get back to encierro, Running of the Bulls in Pamplona one more time. This time in little deeper level.

    Lots of people understand running of the bulls very faultily. They understand it like encierro was some macho act. No no no. It’s a divine service.

    First of all the purpose in encierro is NOT escape from the bulls but to get AS CLOSE to the bulls as possible. As close as possible to horns.

    The ideal point is to run one meter ahead of bulls. Running three meters behind them means nothing. It’s just soap bubble.

    Lots of foreigners (me included during my first trips to Pamplona) think that they have done some unbelievable deed if they run some stretch of route 300 meters ahead of bulls or if they are galloping behind bulls to the plaza de toros. It’s nice to boast about it back home like you would have climbed to Everest.

    Sorry boys (and some girls, also). That’s not the running of the bulls. It’s like playing football alone in empty stadium. It means nothing. Nada de nada.

    During encierros Pamplona is a cathedral. Running of the bulls is a divine service in that cathedral where bulls are gods and runners worship them.

    The fighting bulls are descendants of first bulls, aureochs (Bos primigenius) that people worshipped in all first urban civilizations of Mesopotamia, Near East and Europe. Bull was the most powerful incarnation of gods. For example in Crete young people worshipped bull god by jumping over bulls like in the picture Maria attached to her story.

    Bull jumping was dangerous, and so is bull running. It's dangerous to be in contact with gods. You can burn your hands badly, like Icarus when he tried to fly up to sun to meet the sun god.

    Encierros of Pamplona are rare living memory of thousands of years of bull worshipping. In the perfect encierro runner and bull unite for a moment without hurting each other.

    Real runners join the bulls, they do not escape them. Nothing to boast about escaping the gods.
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