The Place Where Bull Fighting Takes Place
Bullfighting has taken root at Kakamega in Western Kenya. Kakamega happens to be a town where a woman is not allowed to eat the gizzard of a chicken. Kakamega is also the land characterized by the weeping stone. The weeping stone and bull fighting are therefore the lead tourist attractions in the zone. The name Kakamega came about in an occurrence where a famished European lady was treated to the famous corn cake of the area. It is eaten by bare hands. Since the children of the area had not seen a white eat it, were so amazed that each time exclaimed, ‘Kha ka mekha.’ This means that she has cut again. When she left, she called the place Kakamega and the name stayed.
How are Bulls Prepared for Fighting?
Fighting bulls have to be identified while they are still young. They are then fed properly on delicacies in order to grow big and strong. Just like some athletes who take drugs to strengthen their muscles, the bulls at times get this treatment when they go for a fight. The bull is trained to fight, dance to music and obey the coach. It prepares much the same way as human participants prepare for the Olympic Games.
The Fighting of the Bulls
Come the event day, and the arena is packed to the brim. Different troops enter the fighting ground accompanied by song and dance. Their bulls, adorned with colored clothes and vegetation, enter the field in style. In the field, they draw lots on how the bulls will fight. The chairman gives a speech and announces the event open. Under cheers, song and dance, the drawn bulls enter the arena and charge at each other. Frenzied spectators and owners of the bulls cheer them on. Bulls with saliva rolling from their mouths push at each other. They use their horns to interlock and try to outdo each other. Soon the war becomes intense. A cowardly bull tries to pull out of the ring but it is brought back. It is only when one falls down badly wounded and unable to keep the fight going that the game stops. The winner is congratulated as the owner collects the money that had been wagered on the bull. Another game begins, just like at the Olympic Games.
Can Bullfighting be Included in the Olympic Games?
Bullfighting has many merits. First, it is interesting to watch. It is easy to determine the winner. While I do not know the criteria used to consider games for the Olympic Games, yet I feel bull fighting should be included. The problem may arise regarding ferrying the bulls to the Olympics and the mess they will make on the field. Another problem is timing the fight. How can it be done? Yet don’t you think it is worthy?
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