Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight.

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Rachel Burgess
Dr. Shawn Schulenberg
PSC 207-201

After reading Geertz article, “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight,” I decided that I agree with the author’s idea that culture could be seen as a set of texts to be interpreted. However, for me, I believe that after considering the above; it is important to then understand the vital question of how texts are created and where do they come from? In this sense, this is where history comes into play. I believe cockfighting can be identified in many complex ways relating back to human nature itself. However, the social origin of status in Balinese society is never really discussed. It is important to decide whether or not these cockfights are metaphorical to the battles over status rather than battles over money. To my beliefs, it seemingly appears that the article could be considered slightly agnostic due to the fact that Geertz believes ones status and character can be defined through the distinguished success of their fighting cock. However, I would like to argue that this should not be taken as truth. In other words, I suggest that in the event and processes of cockfights are only symbolizing the idea of establishing power of ranks in Balinese villages. The main purpose of the article is the interpretation of different cultures. At first, Geertz was failing to conduct his research adequately due to the lack of recognition of existence that he and his wife were receiving from the people of Bali. Eventually however, after participating to flee from a raid at the local cockfight, the villagers found amusement in the tourists’ actions, breaking the tension, and then generally accepting Geertz and his wife. This was the turning point in the author’s quest and it is what made the observations and interviews possible between Geertz and the villagers. The author is writing about the problem of explaining why…...

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