Varieties of Javanese Religion: An Anthropological Account

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 8, 1999 - Religion - 272 pages
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Java is famous for its combination of diverse cultural forms and religious beliefs. In this most comprehensive study of Javanese religion since Clifford Geertz's classic study, Andrew Beatty considers Javanese solutions to problems of cultural difference, and how villagers make sense of their complex, multi-layered culture. Pantheist mystics, supernaturalists, orthodox Muslims and Hindu converts at once construct contrasting faiths and create a common ground through syncretist ritual. Vividly evoking the local religious life, this book probes beyond the surface of ritual and cosmology, revealing the compromise inherent in practical religion.
  

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
agreeing to differ
25
3 The sanctuary
51
4 A Javanese cult
85
5 Practical Islam
115
6 Javanism
158
a Javanist sect
187
8 Javanese Hindus
211
9 Conclusion
239
Notes
249
References
260
Index
269
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