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A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight

3 Aug

To read all about it, download a copy to your phone, tablet, laptop on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.mx; Barnes and Noble, bn.com; Kobo.com (now includes sony Readers) and on Google Play (books). Search William J. Conaway.

“A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight” –A twenty eight page book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them. GG-107 $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; or Google Play for a considerable discount.

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A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight

28 Jul

To read all about it, download a copy to your phone, tablet, laptop on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.mx; Barnes and Noble, bn.com; Kobo.com (now includes sony Readers) and on Google Play (books). Search William J. Conaway.

“A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight” –A twenty eight page book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them. GG-107 $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; or Google Play for a considerable discount.

A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight

24 Jul

To read all about it, download a copy to your phone, tablet, laptop on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.mx; Barnes and Noble, bn.com; Kobo.com (now includes sony Readers) and on Google Play (books). Search William J. Conaway.

“A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight” –A twenty eight page book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them. GG-107 $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; or Google Play for a considerable discount.

A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight

19 Jul

To read all about it, download a copy to your phone, tablet, laptop on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.mx; Barnes and Noble, bn.com; Kobo.com (now includes sony Readers) and on Google Play (books). Search William J. Conaway.

“A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight” –A twenty eight page book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them. GG-107 $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; or Google Play for a considerable discount.

A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight

18 Jul

To read all about it, download a copy to your phone, tablet, laptop on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.mx; Barnes and Noble, bn.com; Kobo.com (now includes sony Readers) and on Google Play (books). Search William J. Conaway.

“A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight” –A twenty eight page book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them. GG-107 $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; or Google Play for a considerable discount.

A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight

16 Jul

To read all about it, download a copy to your phone, tablet, laptop on Amazon.com, Amazon.com.mx; Barnes and Noble, bn.com; Kobo.com (now includes sony Readers) and on Google Play (books). Search William J. Conaway.

“A Gringo Guide to a Bullfight, a Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight” – A twenty eight page book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them. GG-107 $14.50 Plus $6.95 International Shipping and Handling. Order by email: wjconaway@yahoo.com, or download from Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; or Google Play for a considerable discount.

Excerpt 3 – A Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cockfight

24 Apr
Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

A third Excerpt from my, “A Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cockfight”.

Cockfights: Your Personal Guide

Despite the image and/or aversion you may feel about cockfights, they have been a part of Mexican society from the conquest, a popular diversion for the rich and poor alike. Cockfights were valuable fund-raisers that helped build all the wonderful churches you see in México. The Church and their supporters promoted bullfights, cockfights, and kermeses (Mexican bake sales), and the proceeds went to the church building fund. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?.

We know that cockfights probably originated in ancient Greece, by the depictions found on ancient Hellenic coins. The Greeks be­lieved the birds to be an excellent example for Greek youth, who were expected to defend their country with the same tenacity that the birds exhibited fighting to the death or victory.

Pompeian mosaics show us that the custom was also adopted in Rome. In England the Royal Cockpit was founded, in Spain and the Philippines cockfights became a national pastime and later were imported to the Americas. In all of these venues important sums of money were (and still are) wagered.

The games also became important sources of income, through taxes, for these governments. The first license was issued in México in 1687, to Pedro Ortiz de Espejo, for the sum of $1,700 reales annually. He opened the first Palenque, enclosure for a public spectacle, in Mexico City, and commissioned many others through­out Nueva España.

In 1872, Luis Inclán published an official rule book, Ley de Gallos, consisting of 37 clear and concise articles governing the comportment of owners, spectators, bettors and handlers. The city government of Guadalajara published another official rule book. Soon after, another Reglamento Para el Juego de Gallos, was printed by J.M. Cañedo and Pedro Echaniri, which was reprinted all the way through 1944. These, along with other rule books published in Mexico City, at about the same time, remain in use to this day.

On December 31, 1947 the Ley Federal de Juegos y Sorteos was passed by the Mexican government expressly forbidding gambling at cockfights. But by application and payment to the Secretaria de Gobernación permits are granted for regional fairs if a percentage of the profits go to charity. In some states, such as Jalisco, cockfight Palenques are permanent, but they must still contribute to charity.

Excerpt 2 – A Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cockfight

23 Apr
Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

An Excerpt from my, “A Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cockfight”.

Your Personal Guide to a Mexican Rodeo

A Charreada is a Mexican rodeo, and it’s a fiesta that had its roots in the XVI century, predating our western rodeo by hundreds of years. Good Friday, Viernes de Dolores, is the day of the Charro, but its celebration has been over-shadowed, in recent history, by religious celebrations.

The manner of dress of the Charro Mexicano is an evolution of the clothes worn by the Mestizos (mixed bloods) who farmed the countryside, and raised the livestock for Cortez and the Spanish landlords. During the War For Independence (1810) these rancheros became a powerful and unique force demonstrating their love for the land that sustained them. The gains made by this class of people, who made up the bulk of the insurgents, allowed them to add adornments to their normal manner of dress and this evolved into the Charro suit of today.

A Charro is armed with a pistol, and on the left side of the saddle he carries a sword, machete, adorned with engraved designs or slogans. These, along with the lariat, are the tools of the Mexican rancher of old.

Today’s Charros come from every walk of life. They join the local association to participate in the rich tradition, and to enjoy this exciting and colorful equestrian sport.

I will present the events, generally, in the order which they will be performed, and show the significance and difficulty of each so that you may applaud only the good performances and enjoy the fiesta.

A Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cockfight

22 Apr
Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

An Excerpt from my “Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cockfight”.

Your Personal Guide to a Bullfight

A Bullfight is the name commonly given to «La Fiesta Brava» by non-Latins. David Alfaro Siqueiros, one of México’s most popular muralists contemptuously referred to bull fighting as, «The dance of the butchers.» Whatever you call it, you can’t begin to appreciate it until you see and understand one. This chapter will give you an understanding of the details. I’ll explain what’s going on for you.

Fighting bulls and the spectacle, corrida, originally came here from Spain. México has many ranches dedicated to the propagation of the species, but Spain jealously guards its breeding stock and refuses to export either the bulls, regarded as the best in the world, or the semen from them. Consequently the Mexican stock is not what it could be, and the corridas are occasionally marred by cowardly or undersized bulls. Every now and then though, you will see a truly marvelous spectacle, one in which the matador, the bull, and the crowd become as one, totally swept up by the excitement and the atmosphere of it all. Today could be one of those days.

A Corrida de Toros is a demonstration of supreme control of the matador over himself, the bull, and the crowd. The more popular ones woo the crowd and judges with flamboyant maneuvers, such as kneeling before the dominated beast and then disdainfully walking away, back turned.

With traditional passes the matador must narrowly escape the horns and lead the bull to the center of the arena. This is also where the breeding of the animal comes in; all too often they don’t cooperate and the spectacle degenerates into a travesty.

Like any good fiesta in México, it’s a drinking party too! Well oiled fans, aficionados, show up with goat skins, botas, of wine, brandy, tequila, or whatever. Or you can buy beer in plastic cups. Good natured hell-raising is tolerated but rowdiness is definitely not. Sombra, shade, seats are more expensive and the fans are more sedate generally. Sol, sun, are the cheap seats, so to speak, and the fiesta tends to be much more lively there.

A Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cockfight

20 Apr
Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

Download Your copy on Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com; Kobo.com; and soon on Google Play. Search William J. Conaway.

A Gringo Guide To: A Bullfight, A Mexican Rodeo, and a Cock Fight – A book that serves as your personal guide to these Mexican sports events. Describing the tradition, the culture, and the mechanics of the events to promote understanding of them.

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