Despite its 1981 ban, cock-fighting is very much alive in Indonesia. It is an integral part of religious ceremonies - blood spilled during the fight is thought to placate the ambivalent spirits: Bhuta and Kala. The cockfights, judged by juru dalam - an esteemed local dignitary, take place in a wentilan, an arena usually not far from the village temple. Just before the fight, the opponents have razor-sharp spurs affixed by twine to one of their legs. An event consists of some 10 fights, each lasting for up to 5, few-minute-long rounds. Cocks that refuse to spar are forced under a large, bottomless basket to bring them closer and prevent escape.