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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Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

A gambler becomes codkfight deranged by his passion that, leaving on a trip, he orders his pregnant wife to take care of the prospective newborn if it is a boy but to feed it as meat to his fighting cocks if it is a girl. Lifted up into Siva’s presence, he is given the choice of three cocks. During these twenty-one seconds the ccokfight pengangkeb are not permitted to touch their roosters. It is this kind of bringing of assorted experiences of everyday life to focus that the cockfight, set aside from that life as “only a game” and reconnected to it as “more than a game,” accomplishes, and so creates what, better than typical or universal, could be called a paradigmatic human event–that is, one that tells us less what happens than the kind of thing that would happen if, as is not the case, life were art balonese could be as freely shaped by styles of feeling as Macbeth and David Copperfield are.

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What it says about that life is not unqualified nor even unchallenged by what other equally eloquent cultural statements say about it. This connection of cockfighting with markets and market sellers is very old, as, among other things, their cockfigyt in inscriptions [ R.

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. The last half ddep the essay describes the rituals of betting and concludes that the cockfight is the Balinese comment on themselves, as it embodies the network of social relationships in kin and village that govern traditional Balinese life. To learn that Balinese lose themselves in cockfights, which are, at least from one perspective, exemplars of selves they want to be, victors in short, bloody, violent conflicts that elevate status may contribute to our understanding of why Bali, now normally seen as a beautiful tourist trap inhabited by lovely bakinese with an extraordinary level of self-control, was, shortly after WWII, the scene of massacres that killed I need to check the numbers around 80, dee.


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Two Studies in the Sociology of Interaction Indianapolis,pp. The spurs affixed, the two cocks are placed by their handlers who may or may not be their owners facing one another in the center of the ring. Or, if you take the extremes, for very large fights, those with center bets over a hundred ringgits the ratio is 1 to 1 seven and seven seep for very small fights, those under forty ringgits, it is 1. People never ddeep against a cock from their own reference group.

A cockfight, any cockfight, is in the first instance a blood sacrifice offered, with the appropriate chants and oblations, to the demons in order to pacify their ravenous, cannibal hunger. 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.

Second, the Balinese do not mathematically reduce odds, but bet directly in terms of stated odds as such. To me most of the articles in Understanding Culture share a common feature: Yet what it says is not plsy that risk is exciting, loss depressing, or triumph gratifying, banal tautologies of affect, but that it is of these emotions, thus exampled, that society is built and individuals are put together.

But we constantly find things eeep literature that suddenly coordinate and bring into focus a great many such impressions, and this is part of what Aristotle means by the typical or universal human event.

Bettors themselves form a sociomoral hierarchy in these terms. Such a conclusion would be absurd. In the first place, there are two sorts of bets, or toh. Almost always odds calling starts off toward the the long end of the range–five-to-four or four-to-three–and then moves toward the shorter end with greater or less speed and to a greater and lesser degree.

His house is encircled by the king’s men. Geertz distinguishes “deep fights”, with high wages, and “shallow fights”, usually with low wages of both gambling and prestige. Notes on the Balinese Cockfight Might interest you: Sometimes they refuse to fight at all, or one keeps running away, in which case they are imprisoned together under a wicker cage, which usually gets them engaged. To come round full circle, it may be worth remembering the material and political conditions of fieldwork in the s, 60s and 70s.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Social tensions are represented through the cockfight, but after all, it’s just balimese cockfight. But they acted as if we simply did not exist, which, in fact, as this behavior was designed to inform us, we did not, or anyway not yet. Its mythology, art, ritual, social organization, patterns of child rearing, forms of law, even styles of trance, have all been microscopically examined for traces of that elusive substance Jane Belo called ” The Balinese Temper.

They did not believe him and fined him three hundred rupiah, which the village raised collectively.

I have bet on the Unseen and won. But as ontological questions are or should be bracketed in the sociology of religion, judgmental ones are or should be bracketed in the sociology of art. What is “outside” depends upon the context, of course, but given it, no outside money is mixed in with the main bet; if the principals cannot raise it, it is not made.

Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight by Clifford Geertz

Mickey James February 13, at By the same token, you rarely get two cocks from the same group, even more rarely from the same subfaction, and virtually never from the same sub-subfaction which would be in most plxy one extended family fighting. During the s, commentaries on the Balinese cockfight essay have become quite common, developing, for the most part, in apparent independence….

People drift away from him, look around him, leave him to assimilate his momentary descent into nonbeing, reset his face, and return, scarless and intact, to the fray.