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. Andrew Beatty considers Javanese solutions to the problem of cultural difference, and explores the ways in which Javanese villages make sense of their complex and 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 religious life of Javanese villagers, its controversies and reconciliations, its humour and irony, its philosophical seriousness, and its formal beauty, Dr Beatty probes beyond the finished surfaces of ritual and cosmology to show the debate and compromise inherent in practical religion. This is the most comprehensive study of Javanese religion since Clifford Geertz's classic study of 1960.
 

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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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