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with what he most fears, hates, and ambivalence being what it is, is fascinated by thepowers 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 thebetting system: there are two bets, one which is quiet and arranged, and the other isquite loud and amongst the gamblers.●Geertz distinguishes "deep fights", with high wages, and "shallow fights", usually with lowwages of both gambling and prestige●deep fight stakes are so high that people lose their rationality; a play in which the stakesare 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 areunpredictable, 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 peoplenever 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 socialrelationships in kin and village that govern traditional Balinese life.
●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