"Church of Our Lady of Mercy of Ullal (Portuguese: Igreja Nossa Senhora de Merces de Velala) is a Roman Catholic Church built by the Portuguese in 1568 at Ullal, near Mangalore. The church was mentioned by the Italian traveller Pietro Della Valle, who visited Mangalore in 1623.\nAmidst scenic beauty, lush greenery and surrounded by vast oceans lies Ullal-Panir, a Catholic mission centre. It is situated 15 km South of Mangalore, the district headquarters. It is an extensive mission spread over three taluks namely Bantwal, Mangalore and Manjeshwar and consists of over 10 villages. The parishioners are generally poor, small and marginal farmers or daily wage earners. At present due to the upcoming of the educational institutions in and around Ullal-Panir, many people are migrating to this area. The total catholic population is 2147. Ullal-Panir is the place where the Apostle of Sri. Lank Blessed Joseph Vas had worked about 318 years ago."
Nossa Senhora de Merces (Our Lady of Mercy) Church
"Bullfighting (Spanish: corrida de toros [ko?rida de ?to?os] or toreo [to??eo]; Portuguese: tourada [to??ad?]), also known as tauromachia or tauromachy (Spanish: tauromaquia About this sound listen (help.info), Portuguese: tauromaquia; from Greek: ?????????? \"bull-fight\"), is a traditional spectacle of Spain, Portugal, southern France and some Hispanic American countries (Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru) and the Philippines, in which one or more bulls are baited, and then killed in a bullring for the entertainment of the audience. Although a blood sport, by definition, some followers of the spectacle prefer to view it as a 'fine art' and not a sport, as there are no elements of competition in the proceedings. In Portugal, it is illegal to kill a bull in the arena, so it is removed and either professionally killed or treated and released into its owners' (ganadero) fields.\nThe bullfight, as it is practiced today, involves professional toreros (of which the most senior is called a matador) who execute various formal moves which can be interpreted and innovated according to the bullfighter's style or school. It has been alleged that toreros seek to elicit inspiration and art from their work and an emotional connection with the crowd transmitted through the bull. Such maneuvers are performed at close range, after the bull has first been weakened and tired by lances and short spears with barbs which are thrust into and then hang from the bull. The close proximity places the bullfighter at some risk of being gored or trampled by the weakened bull. After the bull has been hooked multiple times behind the shoulder by other matadors in the arena, the bullfight usually concludes with the killing of the bull by a single sword thrust, which is called the estocada. In Portugal, the finale consists of a tradition called the pega, where men (forcados) try to grab and hold the bull by its horns when it runs at them.\nSupporters of bullfighting argue that it is a culturally important tradition and a fully developed art form on par with painting, dancing and music, whilst critics hold that it is a blood sport perpetrated as a cowardly act resulting in the suffering of bulls and horses.\nThere are many historic fighting venues in the Iberian Peninsula, France and Hispanic America. The largest venue of its kind is the Plaza Mexico in central Mexico City, which seats 48,000 people, and the oldest is the La Maestranza in Seville, Spain, which was first used for bullfighting in 1765.\nForms of non-lethal bullfighting also appear outside the Iberian and Francophone world, including the Tamil Nadu practise of jallikattu; and the Portuguese-influenced mchezo wa ngombe is also practiced on the Tanzanian islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. Types of bullfighting which involve bulls fighting other bulls, rather than humans, are found in the Balkans, Turkey, the Persian Gulf, Bangladesh, Japan, Peru and Korea. In many parts of the Western United States, various rodeo events like calf roping and bull riding were influenced by the Spanish bullfighting."