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Dhirio

Prelude to a bullfight.

Dhirio is the Konkani term for bullfights (bull-on-bull), a much-loved traditional sport in Goa. Although it is now banned by law, the practice continues surreptitiously. These days the duel often begins in the wee hours of the morning so that the policemen charged with preventing the fight can also place their bets before the onset of daylight. For more on dhirio, see this.

This recalcitrant bull was on his way to the arena near the 400+ years old Chapel of St Simon and St Jude in the village of Gauxim.

Taking the Bull by the Horns

Taking the bull by the horns
5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II

 
Off to the fight

Off to the fight
5D Mark III, TS-E 24L II

 
 
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