Sunday, June 22, 2014

For some people in Jembrana, Tajen (Balinese cock fighting) is a routine

Balinese cock fighting (Tajen) is still mostly done by people in Jembrana. In some areas in Bali, cock fighting is no longer done for fear of being arrested by the police. Unlike the case in Jembrana, cock fighting is still done, but done in secret, with the location to move. The goal is to not be readily known by the police. If known by the police, then they will be arrested and jailed. Because of an unlawful activity.

In Jembrana, there are many groups of people who hold a fighting cock with uncertain locations. Gambling activity is conducted in a location that is difficult to know. They are held in god, in the middle of the estate, around the swamp. So the location is not erratic. Who knows the location of cock fighting only those who are used to do so.

Every day, every evening, there is always a cock fighting activities in Jembrana. Not only in one place, also in different places of vast quantities. The gambling activities as has become routine for a group of people. Routine in the afternoon, the chicken fight gambling. The morning of the chicken owner, will take care of the chicken, while the evening before, they will be pitted chicken cock fighting them in place by staking some money.

A lot of money is at stake in this gambling. In fact they are willing to sell the land and homes in order to continue to gamble. That is why the government banned gambling of cock fighting. Because of the negative impact that caused so many. Sometimes these gambling activities can damage family harmony. The most visible is cock fighting someone who gamble can be poor and suffering.

Balinese cock match has become routine. They are just looking for the thrill of the moment to forget the defeat they had suffered. Defeat which eliminates a lot of money they forget. Only pleasure that they take into account. Ironically, they even risked all their possessions to carry out this activity. Gambling that led to misery.