We were on our way back to Nusa Dua from Ubud, and happen to spot this open-air market where there were crowds of frenzied men.
Despite being banned since 1981, our guide told us that cockfighting (Tajen) is still very popular in Indonesia, especially among the middle-aged and elder folks.
According to phototramp.com, there are two circles of betting. The official one with bets in the range of 20 to 300 thousand rupiahs where the winner doubles the money remitting 10% to the organizer/temple, and one-to-one betting with negotiable wagers and odds.
The fights are lightning quick, with usually one dead or both animals injured.
My take: The atmosphere was electrifying, full of anticipation and excitement. Although we didn’t understand what the locals were saying, you can totally sense their eagerness to get the match going. However, it was a little cruel & scary to see the roosters killing each other in a matter of seconds. (not for the weak-hearted maybe).
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