Abstract Volume:4 Issue-11 Year-2016 Original Research Articles
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2Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University,Midnapore – 721102, West Bengal, India
Cockfighting is an ancient sport that has deep roots in rural parts of the world as well as India and West Bengal. The bloody and dangerous sports of cockfighting as practiced by the Santals people of Foringdanga, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India. Most of the fights were held in an inn that was specially prepared or in a cockpit. The Cock-fighters selects two types of fighting cock—one is called Desi Morog and another variety is called PahariMorog. Only Santal males are participation in this game. Sometimes santal male child also participating with their fighting cock but Santal female cannot participate in this bloody game. It also has great symbolic significance to its practitioners and aficionados as an affirmation of high status identity in an increasingly complex and diverse santal society. Although the activity is illegal in most jurisdictions, it continues, generally in a covert setting. Because cockfighting is subject to criminal sanction and informal social disapproval, cock-fighters have developed rationalizations which they use among themselves. Due to the illegal status of cockfighting in many jurisdictions and to basic ethical considerations which preclude becoming overtly participative in research, I developed a conscious stance of "observer-participant," reversing the traditional, participant-observer role of the ethnographic investigator in the field. Therefore, the present paper aims to study in participating in Cockfight as a symbolic role and that symbolic role presents a high status of santal society.
How to cite this article:Parikshit Chakraborty and Falguni Chakrabarty. 2016. Cock Fight: A Symbolic View of Social Status.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 4(11): 34-40