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“Deep play: Notes on The Balinese Cockfight” In “Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight” the anthropologist Clifford Geertz, studies the Balinese society and culture through their illegal yet traditional game of cockfighting. Geertz attempts to give insights on the Balinese culture and mostly fo- cuses on the significance of Balinese cockfights within their culture from another point of view. Balinese cockfighting Greetz states, “is interpretive; it is a Balinese reading of Bali- nese experience (Geertz 2005, 8).” To some, the act of cockfighting represents nothing more than a cruel form of entertainment and exploitation of animals. Greetz suggests, however, the practice is a reflection of cultural values and a deeper story that the Bali- nese “tell themselves about themselves (Geertz 2005, 8).” Moreover, the author focused on describing the Balinese culture from another point of view by choosing to investigate the cultural indications of the village’s interest, and he also describes the main issues with this sport and the masculinity of it. This article focuses on how important cockfight- ing is in Balinese culture. Late 1958 Cultural anthropologist Clifford Geertz and his wife decided to go to a small village in Bali to study Balinese culture. He begins his essay by discussing his first impressions on the Balinese’s attitudes towards foreigners and how in the Balinese so- ciety Geertz is considered an “outsider” and due to this status he is ignored by every- one. In the Balinese society, people normally treat those who are not a part of their cul- ture by simply ignoring them, this mistreatment and behavior of the Balinese people continued for a few days after Greetz arrival. However, during an illegal cockfight match,

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