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balinese cockfight


A cockfight is a blood fight or “sport” between two roosters or more gamecocks, held in a ring called a cockpit.
Cockfighting is a very old tradition in Balinese Hinduism, from 933 or on the Balinese Caka calendar from 944.

In Bali, cockfights, known as “Tajen”, are practiced in an ancient religious purification ritual to expel evil spirits.

This ritual, a form of animal sacrifice, is called “Tabuh Rah”(pouring blood).

Tabuh Rah purpose is to provide an offering to the evil spirits.
Cockfighting is a religious obligation at every Balinese temple festival or religious ceremony.

Cockfights without religious purposes are considered gambling in Indonesia.

All forms of gambling, including the gambling within secular cockfighting, were made illegal in 1981 by the Indonesian government, while the religious aspects of cockfighting within Balinese Hinduism remains protected.