Pin 0shares Cockfighting is a traditional game or form of popular entertainment for the Vietnamese. Whilst betting on the roosters as they fight each other to death may anger some critics, it is widely popular and allowed during traditional festivals held in the country.
Process[ edit ] Two owners place their gamecock in the cockpit. The cocks fight until ultimately one of them dies or is critically injured. Historically, this was in a cockpit, a term which was also used in the 16th century to mean a place of entertainment or frenzied activity. William Shakespeare used the term in Henry V to specifically mean the area around the stage of a theatre.
In this ancient Roman mosaic , two cocks face off in front of a table displaying the purse for the winner between a caduceus and a palm of victory National Archaeological Museum of Naples Cockfighting is an ancient spectator sport.
There is evidence that cockfighting was a pastime in the Indus Valley Civilization. For a long time the Romans affected to despise this "Greek diversion", but they ended up adopting it so enthusiastically that the agricultural writer Columella 1st century AD complained that its devotees often spent their whole patrimony in betting at the side of the pit.
Based on his analysis of a Mohenjo-daro seal, Iravatham Mahadevan speculates that the city's ancient name could have been Kukkutarma "the city [-rma] of the cockerel [kukkuta]".
Chickens from the Harappan culture of the Indus Valley — BC may have been the main source of diffusion throughout the world. A cockspur is a bracelet often made of leather with a curved, sharp spike which is attached to the leg of the bird. The spikes typically range in length from "short spurs" of just over an inch to "long spurs" almost two and a half inches long.
In the highest levels of 17th century English cockfighting, the spikes were made of silver. The sharp spurs have been known to injure or even kill the bird handlers.
There it is mostly fought naked heel and either three rounds of twenty minutes with a gap of again twenty minutes or four rounds of fifteen minutes each and a gap of fifteen minutes between them.
Based on the recognition of animals in the Constitution, a Brazilian Supreme Court ruling resulted in the ban of animal related activities that involve claimed "animal suffering such as cockfighting, and a tradition practiced in southern Brazil, known as 'Farra do Boi' the Oxen Festival ",  stating that "animals also have the right to legal protection against mistreatment and suffering".
Cockfights are held during the Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata in Valledupar.
In August , the Constitutional Court of Colombia rejected a lawsuit that sought to prohibit bullfighting , corralejas and cockfighting with the argument that they constitute animal abuse. In March , the same court confirmed such rule, under the argument that cockfighing and bullfighting are traditions with cultural roots in some municipalities of the country.
Cockfighting was one of the main subjects of La Caponera, a TV adaptation of Juan Rulfo 's novel, El gallo de oro, aired in Colombia and other countries in the region during the late 90s.
Cuba[ edit ] In Cuba, cockfighting is legal and popular, although gambling on matches has been banned since the Revolution. Cockfights are performed in palenques pits.
Most pits coliseos in the country are located in Lima. Three- or four-inch blades Bal in Tulu are attached to the cocks' legs. Knockout fights to the death are widely practised in Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu , the winner is decided after three or four rounds.
People watch with intense interest surrounding the cocks. The sport has gradually become a gambling sport. In Jharkhand the cockfighting game is known as "pada", the spurs are called "kant", the cockpit is called "chhad", and the person in the cockpit or who ties the spurs is called "kantkar".
In Erode , Thiruppur , Karur and Coimbatore districts, only bloody blade fights are conducted. During festival seasons, this is the major game for men.
Women normally don't participate. Only the Pure breeds are chosen to the fight. Naked heel cocks Fight for long duration compared with Blade fight cocks.
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Cockfighting is a religious obligation at every Balinese temple festival or religious ceremony. Women are generally not involved in the tabuh rah process.
The tabuh rah process is held on the largest pavilion in a Balinese temple complex, the wantilan. The American anthropologist Clifford Geertz published his most famous work, Notes on the Balinese Cockfight , on the practice of cockfights in Bali.
In it, he argued that the cockfight served as a pastiche or model of wider Balinese society from which judgments about other aspects of the culture could be drawn. Iraq[ edit ] Cockfight on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan Cockfighting is illegal but widespread in Iraq.
The attendees come to gamble or just for the entertainment. The most-prized birds are called Harati, which means that they are of Turkish or Indian origin, and have muscular legs and necks.
These cocks are noted being tall, heavy and good at fighting. Another popular breed is called Mianwali Aseel. In Sindh Gamblor or Khafti uses Almond and other power enhancing medicines to feed the fighter cocks.