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Suddenly I became very fond of the bull. Forgive me, Virgin.

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Rufino Orozco from Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, offers this retablo to the Virgin of Guadalupe for the miraculous save when he was almost killed goring dangerously and deadly by a bull when he fancied himself as a torrero.

It happened on July 5, 1958, Mexico

A picador Cirilo Tecanguey found himself in a great danger when the bull knocked him and the horse down. He thanks Saint Pancras for he didn’t get hurt and only hit his buttock.

Puebla, 1920

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1931, in the town of Santa Ana, Leonardo Rivera found himself in grave danger when he was seriously gored by the bull. He entrusted himself to Saint Pancras, and his wound was healed. He gives infinite thanks with this retablo.

November 21, torrero El Chicuelo suffered a deadly horn wound, and the Virgin saved his life.

January 20, 1967

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Having had few shots before, the torero Sebastian Morales found himself in danger of being overtaken by the bull. With all his faith, he entrusted himself to the Merciful Lord and ended well the bullfight. He thanks for that.

Huamantla, 1935

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The boy from the Capea thanks the Holy Virgin for saving him from death.

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Thank you, Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, for granting me your protection every time I risk my life on the arena going to the furious bulls.

1953 / Jasinto «The Cool» Valencia / Queretaro

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The bullfighter El Cordoves thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe for surviving after being deadly gored.

May 21, 1990

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The torero Catarino Mendoza brings this retablo thanking Saint James for healing the wound on his buttock after being pierced by the bull.

Puebla, 1940

I humbly dedicate this simple retablo to Saint George with my eternal gratitude for being with me on the day of my debut at the town bullring. I performed splendidly and received an ovation from the audience.

Salamanca, Guanajuato
Gerardo del Castillo

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I pray to my sweet Jesus to help me fulfill my dream of triumphing as a bullfighter an NYC’s Carnegie Hall.

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I thank Saint Liberata. When I was performing at the Plaza in Tabasco, the bull Fanfarron got me badly. But I was lucky—I got only one leg amputated and one eye removed. I’m recovering quite quickly so I could back to bullfighting as soon as possible.

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