Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tajen - cock fighting in Bali

Tajen is called cock fighting in Bali. Tajen (Balinese cock fighting) derived from the word meaning sharp spurs. Tajen is synonymous with gambling, although there is little Tajen no gambling element is used to complement activities in the temple ritual called Tabuh Rah.

Tabuh Rah intended to require a trickle of blood as a symbol / condition cleansing humanity of greed, the greed of materialistic values ​​and worldly. Tabuh Rah is also significant as a ceremonial ritual "buta yadnya", the blood that trickled down to earth symbolized as a request for mankind to Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa to avoid distress.

Tajen already deeply embedded in the life of the Balinese people. Almost every day activities take place throughout the village Tajen in Bali. Tajen was able to act as a medium of interaction and communication across social strata. Background of social status to a liquid and blurred, people mingle and merge physically and emotionally, all parties focused on the second bout of chicken fights. Tajen by the Balinese also been viewed as a form of entertainment and games to relieve boredom and physical fatigue after strenuous activities.