with what he most fears hates and ambivalence being what it is is fascinated by

With what he most fears hates and ambivalence being

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with what he most fears, hates, and ambivalence being what it is, is fascinated by­ the powers of darkness" cocks are a symbolic representation of masculinity what is at stake is more than money, it is prestige and status Geertz observes what is going on inside the cockfight, which are bets. He describes the betting system: there are two bets, one which is quiet and arranged, and the other is quite loud and amongst the gamblers. Geertz distinguishes "deep fights", with high wages, and "shallow fights", usually with low wages of both gambling and prestige deep fight­ stakes are so high that people lose their rationality; a play in which the stakes are so high that “ it is irrational for men to engage in it ”. in the case of the balinese cockfight, a deep fight is one in which results are unpredictable, the odds are more even and the bets are more balanced participants of the deep fights are dominant members of society the fight is mere a simulation of social structure of kinships and social groups­­ people never bet against a cock from their own reference group villagers only bet for the cock from their own village devotion to maintaining kinship is a key aspect of the balinese cockfight cockfight is the Balinese comment on themselves, as it embodies the network of social relationships in kin and village that govern traditional Balinese life.
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cockfighting is therefore the most overt manifestation of social rivalry cockfighting is a fight for status, with bets only symbolizing the risk “a way of playing with fire without getting burned” Geertz also notes that the higher the status of the participants in the cockfight, the deeper
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