Balinese Cockfight Summary

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Anthropology is defined as the study of human societies and cultures and their development through time. This is shown through Clifford Geertz essay “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight”. In his essay, he attempts to give insights on the Balinese culture and mainly focusing on the significance of Balinese cockfights within the Balinese culture. Throughout this paper, first, I will briefly summarize Geertz’s essay, then, I will discuss his use of ethnographic fieldwork and ethnocentrism in Bali and how it led him to the discovery of the Balinese culture. Finally, I will discuss cockfights and their meaning and significance within the Balinese culture. In early April of 1958 American Cultural anthropologist, Clifford Geertz and his wife decided to go to a small village in Bali with the intentions of studying Balinese culture. He begins his essay by discussing his first impressions on the Balinese’s attitudes towards outsiders. The Balinese typically treat those who are not part of their society by simply ignoring them. This mistreatment continued until 10 days after his arrival to Bali when an illegal cockfight they were attending was raided by police, and Geertz ran with the Balinese instead of going to the police. From that day forward they were accepted by the Balinese and no longer considered “invisible”. He continues to explain that only when they were accepted by the community, were they were finally able to learn and be aware about the importance of

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