Traditional Cage Fighting in Bali

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Most of people who have visited Bali have seen the cockfighting popular among the locals. A little-known but no less ardent hobby among Bali’s farming community is cricket fighting, or mejangkrikang. The insects face off inside bamboo tubes known as bumbung, and bets are placed on the bouts, which typically last two minutes. Indonesia, as well as other countries in the Southeast Asia region. In China, cricket fighting even has a very long history, dating back almost 1,000 years to the famous Tang Dynasty in the 12th century. The fights have quite strict rules: The fighters must be of similar body size and in a healthy condition, meaning that all the body organs were complete. When all the fight requirements are met, the two competing crickets face off against each other in a fierce fight on bamboo tubes called Bumbung. Two men must stand by to increase crickets fighting drive on Bumbung used steams of grass during the tournament. The cricket that survives and can make the opponent surrender that is marked by the cricket run to the glass of bombing is declared as the champion. Meanwhile, the game will not be fun if there is no betting. Bets depend of the owners. But, for this small miniature blood sport, the owners usually place bets of between Rp 100,000 and Rp 200,000 ($7.86-15.71) per 2 minutes game. Here: two Balinese men used steams of grass to increase crickets fighting drive on Bumbung during the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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A cricket breeder trains his a adult fighter cricket used a stem of grass to stimulate the cricket to increase it’s fighting drive as he prepare the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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Balinese men community gather for traditional crickets fighting. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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Two Balinese men used steams of grass to increase crickets fighting drive during the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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A cricket breeder trains his a adult fighter cricket used a stem of grass to stimulate the cricket to increase it’s fighting drive as he prepare the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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Community watch two crickets fight each others on bamboo tubes calles Bumbung during the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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Two Balinese men used steams of grass to increase crickets fighting drive during the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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A cricket breeder shows his two adult fighter crickets on a bamboo tubes called Bumbung. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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Community watch two crickets fight each others on bamboo tubes during the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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A cricket breeder trains his adult fighter cricket. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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A set of bamboo tubes where the crickets are placed. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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A man gives a cricket for the owner after the tournament. (Photo by A. A. Gde Agung/JG Photo)

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