Foreign Policy: The Art Of Bullfighting This week, Catalonia's parliament voted to uphold a ban against bullfighting set to take effect in 2012. Foreign Policy takes a look at photos of Spain's much-celebrated and much-debated sport.
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Foreign Policy: The Art Of Bullfighting

French matador Sebastian Castella gives a pass to a bull during a bullfight on July 14. Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French matador Sebastian Castella gives a pass to a bull during a bullfight on July 14.

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Proponents of bullfighting believe it to be more an art than a sport — and an integral part of Spanish culture. The American writer Ernest Hemingway was captivated by the sport and wrote about it often: "The emotional and spiritual intensity and pure classic beauty that can be produced by a man, an animal, and a piece of scarlet serge draped on a stick."

The Foreign Policy photo essay continues here.