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balinese cockfighting

balinese cockfighting - Klingensmith 1 Michael Klingensmith...

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Klingensmith 1 Michael Klingensmith Mr. Steiner En 111-72 October 11, 2006 “In the cockfight, man and beast, good and evil, ego and ID, the creative power of aroused masculinity and the destructive power of loosened animality fuse in a bloody drama of hatred, cruelty, violence, and death.” (geertz 278) The ancient tradition of Balinese cockfighting is a socially involved spectacle fusing man and animal. Geertz attempts to interpret cockfighting through his own perceptions. His traditional style formulates a comparison between the cockfight and white men of the third world. He colonizes the cockfight to a point that it seems “Americanized”. However his universal idea of cockfighting in relation to art opens untraditional doors. Geertz untraditional style is shadowed by his association between the cockfight and white men of the third world. While Geertz attends this cockfight he neglects to open his mind to the culture of Bali. Therefore despite his references to cockfighting as an art-form, he stubbornly watches the fight as an American and not as a native. Since he ignores the native culture he is colonizing the fight. Geertz replaces his ideas of third world whites with the norms of the Balinese people, thus making him a traditional anthropologist.
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