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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. Clifford Geertz. The Raid. Early in April of , my wife and I arrived, malarial and diffident, in a Balinese village. clifford geertz: “deep play: notes on the balinese cockfight” summary and review to start form the bottom line, clifford geertz’s essential notion expressed in. “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” is one of Clifford Geertz’s most influential articles which illustrates not only the meaning of a given.

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Though everyone privately regarded him as a fool and worse some, clckfight charitable, regarded him as sickhe was publicly treated with the elaborate deference and politeness due his rank. Enveloped elsewhere in a haze of etiquette, a thick cloud of euphemism and ceremony, gesture and allusion, they are here expressed in only the thinnest disguise of an animal mask, a mask which in fact demonstrates them far more effectively than it conceals them. The side bets are, however, something else altogether.

Of the fifty-seven matches for which I have exact and reliable data on the center bet, the range is from fifteen ringgits to five hundred, with a mean at eighty-five and with the distribution being rather noticeably trimodal: Even impressionistically–the only approach plah to a lone ethnographer caught in the middle of all this–it is clear that certain men lead both in determining the favorite that is, making the opening cock-type calls which always initiate the process and in directing the movement of the odds, these “opinion leaders” being the more accomplished cockfighters-cum-solid-citizens to be discussed below.

Sennett — The Craftsman in links, no particular order.

Weber, The Sociology of Religion Boston, Garage Library is closed from December 30 to January 6. As a result, the fights are edep held in a secluded corner of a village in semisecrecy, a fact which tends to slow the action a little-not very much, but the Balinese do not care to have it slowed at all.

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The policeman retreated in rather total disarray. This connection of cockfighting with markets and market sellers is very old, as, among other things, their conjunction in inscriptions [ R.


In deep ones, where the amounts of money are great, much more is at stake than material gain: Babies are not allowed to crawl for that reason. The blainese of cocks and cockfighting with such Powers, with the animalistic demons that threaten constantly to invade the small, cleared off space in which the Balinese have so carefully built their lives and devour its inhabitants, is quite explicit. Black, Models and Metaphors Ithaca, N.

Cockfights are illegal and the sudden appearance of the police during one of the first fights Geertz and his wife cockfihgt sent everyone scurrying home: We ran down the main village street, northward, away from where we were living, for we were on that side of the ring. When a Balinese male talks, in that balinse venerative way, about “the true cockfighter,” the bebatoh “bettor” or djuru kurung “cage keeper”it is plau sort of person, not those who bring the mentality of the pea-and-shell game into the quite different, inappropriate context of the cockfight, the driven gambler potet, a word which has the secondary meaning of thief or reprobateand the wistful hanger-on, cockfkght they mean.

For Balinese cosmological ideas more generally see Belo, ed.

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In the first place, there are two sorts of bets, or toh. Only exceptionally well-trusted, dsep, and, given the complexity of the code, knowledgeable citizens perform this job, and in fact men will bring their cocks only to fights presided over by such men. Koentjaraningrat, Villages in Indonesia Ithaca,pp.

Such a conclusion would be absurd. It is little wonder that when, as is the invariable rule, the owner of the winning cock takes the carcass of the loser–often torn limb from limb by its enraged owner–home to eat, he does so with a mixture of social embarrassment, moral satisfaction, aesthetic disgust, and cannibal joy.

Thus, for a nine-to-eight bet, one man wagers nine ringgits, the other eight; for five-to-four, one wagers five, the other four. Seeing my wife and I, “White Men,” there in the yard, the policeman performed a classic double take. Indeed, I never saw an open altercation, other than those between cocks, at all. But except for our landlord and the village chief, whose cousin and brother-in-law he was, everyone ignored us in a way only a Balinese can do.


And, after a decent interval, bewildered but relieved to have survived and stayed out of jail, so did we. If we ventured to approach someone something one is powerfully inhibited from doing in such an atmospherehe moved, negligently but definitively, away. I have frequently heard men say that the honor of winning was much more important than the money at stake.

If ever there was an example of Kenneth Burke’s definition of a symbolic act as “the dancing of an attitude” [ The Philosophy of Literary Form, rev.

Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

One can even compare forms from different cultures to define their character in reciprocal relief. In classical times that is to say, prior to the Dutch invasion of when there were no bureaucrats around to improve popular morality, the staging of a cockfight was an explicitly societal matter.

To expose it, however, it is necessary to turn to the aspect of cockfighting around which all the others pivot, and through which they exercise their force, an aspect I have thus far studiously ignored. In balinesf case, however, perhaps because they were raising money for a school that the government was unable to defp them, perhaps because raids had been few recently, perhaps, as I gathered from subsequent discussion, there was a notion that the necessary bribes had been paid, they thought they could take a chance on the central square and draw a larger and more enthusiastic crowd without attracting the attention of the law.

Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight

Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. In my fifty-seven matches, the favorite won thirty-three times over-all, the underdog twenty-four, a 1.

Odds and Even Money.