Mejías, Ignacio Sánchez

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Name
Mejías, Ignacio Sánchez Gender: M
born on 6 June 1891 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Seville, Spain, 37n23, 5w59
Timezone LMT m5w59 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Bordoni
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 15°45' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 17°17 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 13°01'



Biography

Spanish bullfighter, author and patron of the arts, a man who loved culture, literature and music. He retired from the ring in 1927. At that time, the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca and his friends Bergamin, Alberti and Guillen were guests at his estate where Mejias hosted them lavishly. He and Lorca became friends from then on. This period was before the Spanish Civil War and it would have been actually dangerous for these men to be known as homosexuals, so they could relax without pretence only in the private lives.

In 1934, perhaps for material reasons or perhaps to recapture the excitement and thrill of danger, Mejias at 43 returned to the bullring. He had to lose about 30 lbs to even dress in his "suit of lights." During the season, he decided once more to retire when his contract was completed. At a bullfight at Manzanares on August 11, the toreador Domingo Ortega was wounded and requested Mejias to replace him. Mejias agreed, though with reservations. At the beginning of the corrida, he was gored in the thigh. He was moved to a hospital in Madrid where he died on the morning of 8/13/1934. Lorca was shattered by the news of his friend’s death and wrote a poem in September, "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias." Published in November, it became famed as one of the most beautiful poems in the Spanish language.

"Little stars of the night,

Let me cross the bridge,

How I want to see my Ignacio,

Who is in his glowing chapel."

Patricia Nell Warren later wrote a novel, "The Wild Man," about a homosexual bullfighter, inspired by the story of Ignacio Sanchez Mejias.

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Events

  • Work : Retired 1927 (Retired from the corrida)
  • Work : New Job 1934 (Returned for a season)
  • Death by Accident 13 August 1934 (Died from being gored two days before)
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Source Notes

Bordoni quotes Cyklos No.26 for B.C., Datanotizie No.40, 11/2001

Categories

  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Patron of the arts)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male (Discretely)
  • Vocation : Sports : Bullfighting (Pro)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction

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