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The way I approached dissecting Clifford Geertzs The Raid was by reading it carefully over a few times while taking notes on the side The first time I read the piece I was very confused because of Geertzs choice of word He often used the singular word he to make reference to the people of Bali as a whole I was not wary of this the first time I read and was totally lost Another element of the reading that I thought made the reading more difficult was Geertzs usage of references that was unknown to me A few times in the reading he borrowed terms and ideas from his contemporaries such as Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead I have never read the work of these people and therefore unable to understand the deeper meaning However after reading The Raid a few times I felt that the reading was not difficult at all in fact it was very interesting According to Geertz Balinese are very simple people theythe Balinese rarely face what they can turn away from rarely resist what they can evade Their lives are simple yet exclusive This was the dilemma Geertz and his wife faced when they first arrived Unlike the other villagers Geertz and his wife visited in Java who gawked at them with insatiable curiosity Geertz and his wife was instead completely ignore by the Balinese Geeretz described himself and his wife in their first few days as nonpersons specters invisible men Nonetheless this all changed when Geertz visited one of the local favorite pastime cockfighting Cockfighting is a brutal barbaric blood sport in which men in the village arm their cocks with razor sharp spurs and sends them at each others cock while other villagers bet on which cock will be victorious Amidst all the blood gore and excitement of the fight the police sounded the siren and raided the fight Being at the center of this
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