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Varieties of Javanese Religion

Varieties of Javanese Religion
An Anthropological Account

Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521624732

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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.

    • A new look at a subject famous in anthropology: Javanese syncretism
    • A vivid evocation of the religious life of Javanese villagers
    • An exploration of ritual and symbolism in a complex society, attempting to go beyond the finished surfaces to show the debate and compromise inherent in practical religion
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    'Andrew Beatty's ethnographic eye is wonderfully balanced, and he manages better than any book since The Religion of Java to capture the social texture and moral tenor of different varieties of Javanese religion … [This] is an outstanding work of anthropological scholarship.' Robert Hefner, Boston University

    ' … fascinating study of religious diversity in Java's easternmost region of Banyuwangi …' Benjamin Zimmer, In Brief Anthropology

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    • Date Published: April 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521624732
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The Slametan: agreeing to differ
    3. The sanctuary
    4. A Javanese cult
    5. Practical Islam
    6. Javanism
    7. Sangkan paran: a Javanist sect
    8. Javanese Hinus
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Andrew Beatty

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