Further reproduction prohibited without permission. Deep play: notes on the Balinese cockfight. Clifford Geertz. Daedalus; Fall ; , 4; Research Library . GEERTZ. Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight. The Raid. Early in. April of , my wife and I arrived, malarial and diffident, in a. Balinese village we. This reading alerts us that Americans hold no monopoly on popular culture. Geertz relates both the various events surrounding and the deeper cultural meaning.
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For reasons I shall come it is done somewhat to from case to case, and is an differently presently, are lore about spurs is extensive? The obsessively at and the dark of the moon, should be kept out only eclipses sharpened and so forth. And they are handled, both in use and of the sight of women, and sensuality the of fussiness combination the same curious out, with Balinese direct toward ritual objects generally.
During and end by the beating marked beginning are to not touch handlers the seconds pengangkeb twenty-one permitted the animals have not fought during their roosters. If, as sometimes happens, in and otherwise this time, they are picked up, fluffed, pulled, prodded, the center in the the and of sulted, and put back process begins again.
Within abstract, concept drives home a solid blow with his spur. The handler whose cock has de livered the blow so a return it not that it will up immediately picks get is a to in tie mortal end blow, for if he does not the match likely mutually as the two birds true hack each to other is This wildly pieces. The coconut is then sunk twice more and over two minutes, the handler of the slightly a cock has been over it, like a trainer working frantically patching mauled boxer between for rounds, to get it in shape for a last, desperate try the whole chicken head in his own victory.
He blows in its mouth, putting mouth and sucking and blowing, fluffs it, stuffs its wounds with various sorts of medicines, and generally tries can think of to arouse the last anything he ounce of which be hidden it.
By the time he is somewhere within may spirit forced to put it back down he is in chicken blood, but, as usually drenched in prize a is worth his in good handler fighting, weight gold. Some of them can virtually make the dead walk, at least long enough for the second and final round. If the wounded one can get a stab in and stagger on until the other is the official winner, even if he himself drops, he topples over an instant later.
At a fight, the umpire saja man who manages in charge the coconut? Only the complexity of the code, solid, and, given well-trusted, exceptionally men will citizens in this fact and job, bring their knowledgeable perform to over men.
It is also the umpire cocks only to fights presided such by occa rare in the extreme, accusations whom of cheating, which, though cases are referred; and it is he who in the not sionally arise, infrequent where the cocks expire virtually decides which for, if either, together not care for such an outcome, there can be ties the do Balinese though a a a went first.
Likened to a he is all of priest, and policeman, judge, king, the animal passion of the fight pro these, and under his assured direction I saw ceeds within the civic certainty of the law. In the dozens of cockfights in Bali, I never once saw an altercation about rules. Indeed, I never saw an cocks, at all. They take their form from the situation continuous as are Goffman evokes them, the floor on which puts it; but it they placed, an is a form, and For the situation, the floor is articulate one, nonetheless.
Bringing societal of explicitly staging cockfight an adult male, a an duty of citizenship; important fight was, for compulsory was a major taxation of fights, which were usually held on market day, of was a source of art the stated of responsibility public revenue; patronage or in center the the of the and stood cock ring, wantilan, princes; village the near those other monuments of Balinese council house, civility?
To expose it, however, turn to the aspect of and all others around which the pivot, cockfighting an aspect I have thus far studiously they exercise their force, through which ignored.
I mean, of course, the gambling. Odds and Even Money never The Balinese to do in a complicated no exception. The first is The second the typically large; typically small.
The first is a matter of deliberate, almost furtive members and the the coalition very quiet, arrangement by is a in center huddled second like the the of the conspirators umpire ring; matter of and impulsive by the public acceptances shouting, public offers, as we shall see excited most its And around and throng edges.
What a fair coin in the second, equally without is is exception, the center is a biased one on the side. Rather something of the center, wagering takes place rather in solemn, legalistic pactmaking in to the fashion it was out on which the stock exchange used work when a runs in a con the curb.
There is fixed and known odds paradigm which tinuous series from ten-to-nine at the long: at the short end to two-to-one to back the , , , , , , , , The man who wishes are, however, cock leaving aside how favorites, kebut, and underdogs, ngai, underdog the are established for the moment the number short-side shouts indicating the to be given.
That is, if he shouts gasal, "five," he wants odds he wants at five-to-four four-to-five if for shouts he ; "four," he him, or, underdog wants it at four-to-three the he if "nine," at nine "three" , again, putting up so on. A man and the and thus favorite, to-eight, backing giving considering odds if he can get them short enough, indicates the fact by crying out the or whatever.
The native is not the only one affected by this context. Think Cold War, Vietnam War, anti-colonial struggles, rampant and sometimes justified suspicion that anthropologists were CIA agents up to God knows what. In Taiwan, when Ruth and I were doing fieldwork in , the first thing we did when arriving in Puli was report to the foreign affairs policeman who seemed, in fact, a very pleasant person…but anyway.
It was, moreover, still possible for people who talked too openly about certain topics to get a knock on the door in the middle of the night.
Doing fieldwork in Taiwan in those years meant, among other things, being constantly aware that certain topics were off-limits. John McCreery says: May 29, at pm For Geertz, culture is mainly psychological and personal.
Much as I respect oneman, this is just plain wrong. In The Interpretation of Cultures Geertz explicitly contrasts his position that symbols are found in public behavior with public meanings to psychological approaches that equate culture with mental models Ward Goodenough or subconscious emotions Culture and Personality studies influenced by Freud , thus making culture invisible or a theoretical artifact created by the observer.
When he talks about culture as text, the text is fully material, like words printed in a book. The problem is to learn how to read them, not to decipher something else going on behind the scenes. I suppose Geertz would admit that the interpretive process is heavily determined by all sort of outside factors, but he rarely makes this a factor in his writing. That makes a lot more sense, and, in my case, explains why, when I went looking for how to produce a thick description, I turned to Victor Turner.