Balinese Cock Fight

Over the next several days I’ll be posting a series of photos from a cock fight in Bali, Indonesia. Technically illegal in Indonesia, cock fighting is still allowed when blood is needed for a temple ceremony. My impression is that this technicality is stretched quite regularly. I never saw any blood collected although I did not stay for the entire event. My guide was in a hurry to get going.

Obviously this sort of thing is not to everyone’s taste and is considered inhumane by some. It is a part of the culture, however, and therefore worth documenting. Prior to going to one of these events, I always assumed it would be the birds fighting that would be the most interesting and exciting part to capture. It turned out that it was the cultural aspect of it – the people and their interactions and reactions – that was more interesting.

Rooster

Cock Fight

Spur Blade

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