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February 23, 1941. Sun or shade, fear has no place in the arena …

February 23, 1941. Sun or shade, fear has no place in the arena …

Cordoba saw him born and die. Rafael Guerra Bejarano has long been in the throes of agony. They called it Guerrita. Before, it was Llavarito, still a child, when his father gave him orders to go and wash the remains of the cattle that he had slaughtered. He had the passion of bulls. He became one of the members of the Cuadrilla de Niños Cordobeses, a group of boys who longed to show themselves in the arena, showing their courage in front of the beast. That was in 1876, he was born on March 6, 1862. His blood was boiling in his veins. Always boiling until bubbling. Always and always and always until the day of his death, February 23, 1941.

He is not a bullfighter. Not even who can. There is a lineage, if you will. An apprenticeship that concludes like chairs of a university course. A man has to know about bulls. When he steps into the arena, the bull, with swollen nostrils, knows everything about the man. Everything but the place where it should be and is no longer.

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