Participants prepare their roosters by straping on the Taji, a razor sharp steel blade, before a fight in the cockfighting ring in Peliatan, Bali.
Cockfighting is an ancient Balinese tradition, frowned upon by the government, but still popular among the Balinese people. The fights are part of the Bali Hindu religion where certain ceremonies require a blood sacrifice. However, cockfights are forbidden for non-religious purposes. Still, fights happen in every village in Bali, bringing with them the associated heavy gambling.