Balinese Cockfighting Case Study

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If someone, say an anthropologist, went out with the mission to try and understand the world as people from another culture do, I believe it is very possible, but if it were just your average, most likely ethnocentric joe, it is less probable. Coming from an anthropologists point of view and their education, it is what they are taught to question, understand, and see aspects from different views; therefore, they could understand the world as others see it, perhaps not fully but at leasts bits and pieces. Michael Kearney who experienced witchcraft in Mexico started to understand an aspect of the cultures world when he was subjected to burns due to the interaction with witchcraft… or so he thought when immersed. Ethnocentrism interferes greatly…show more content…
The cockfights themselves do not give or take status away from neither the winner nor loser of fights but symbolize status and the fight for status that the Balinese men experience with day by day. The cockfighting is an extreme way of symbolizing how the fight for status could happen. As an outsider, I, perhaps, would give a sadistic meaning this practice as Balinese people get pleasure and entertainment out of two rosters inflicting pain upon each other. This meaning that perhaps why the Balinese people get so excited about cockfighting is because it derives some sort of pleasure and entertainment out of having these two “innocent” animals fight each other until they are badly hurt, mutilated, and killed and watching the losing roster and it’s owner be humiliated and defeated because of their…show more content…
Both the mouth rite and latipso were extremely compelling and astonishing to me. The Nacirema partake in daily body rituals, one of those being a mouth-rite… but it not the daily mouth rite that includes putting hog hairs and other assortments into the mouth, done along with particular hand movements, that astonishes me but the private mouth rite. The private mouth rite involves having a practitioner make any hole in the mouth bigger and or ripping teeth out then filling the holes made with some type of magical material. This is done to stop decay and to aid friendships and is done two times a year! The latipso ceremonies are ceremonies done in medicine men temples to help the sick that involve torture type treatments. Upon entering the temple, the Nacirema men must take off all clothing and is taken to preform his natural functions into a vessel, which I can only assume to be some sort of masturbation to produce ejaculation. While the Nacirema women are subjected to remove all clothing as well but then watched intensely as they are poked and prodded by the medicine men. These are so striking because the Nacirema are so engrossed with doing these rituals and undergoing these treatments to rid the body of its ugly and diseased tendencies, that they do them repetitively but they still do not stop its innate ugliness and
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