Bull fighting is a traditional popular spectacle which is closely related to countries like Spain and Portugal. In Oman, men don’t fight bulls; bulls fight bulls. This famous sport also finds its origins in the Sultanate of Oman, where unlike its Spanish equivalent, are a bloodless contest fought between two bulls, rather than a bull and a matador.
The fight involves two large Brahma bulls clashing their heads and horns in a gripping clash of strength. They are raised by local farmers and bred on nutritious diets involving grains, milk and honey. They are trained for the fights and are pampered like family pets. Barka is a popular coastal city, situated 80 km west of Muscat, which houses a large bull fighting arena. The round and dusty arena is located on the northern edge of the city which consists of stands for the crowd which is largely dominated by male audience.
The event is held every Friday afternoon during winters and is free of cost. To keep things fair, the fights take place between bulls similar in size. Followed by a silence around the stands as the crowd waits for the bulls to unleash, a huge cheer explodes as the fight begins. The fight ends when one of the bulls bites the dust and is grounded on its knees by the stronger animal. Animals are rarely injured in this style of bull fighting. It is totally safe for the people to watch from the stands and enjoy their Friday afternoons by watching these riveting bouts between two brawny bulls.
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