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Imilarity and harmony The reader becomes aware of the intricacy and depth of Javanese spiritual life and the problems of political and social integration reflected in the religion The Religion of Java will interest specialists in So Here is the book that introduced the infamous typology the religious minded santri the secularized traditionalist abangan and the privileged modernist priyayi While Geertz s typology is today uestionable this book is still useful in exploring what s in a Javanese mind and culture

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The Religion of Java

Written with a rare combination of analysis and speculation this comprehensive study of Javanese religion is one of the few books on the religion of a non Western people which emphasizes variation and conflict in belief as well as s A wide ranging look at the fascinatingly diverse syncretic melange of religion in Java Inevitably the most interesting part to me was at the beginning about the folk religion Geertz calls the abangan strain Later chapters on the santri self consciously Muslim strain which is as much about political party organization as religious practice and prijaji aristocratic mystic tradition which gets into linguistic levels of politeness interestingly similar to Japanese which I speak somewhat and is rather vague about the actual mysticism are also interesting but less immediately so Plenty to ponder Now I want one about Bali which maybe will have less of the strangeness of culture heroes who brought Islam as well as the wayang and batik dyeing to Java but perhaps therefore of the so called folk religion which I find so satisfying and interesting

Clifford Geertz ò 9 SUMMARY

Utheast Asia anthropologists and sociologists concerned with the social analysis of religious belief and ideology students of comparative religion and civil servants dealing with governmental policy toward Indonesia and Southeast As This book was modern in its time Nowadays the santri s fanaticism seems mild compared to contemporary extreme practice in the name of religion


10 thoughts on “The Religion of Java

  1. says:

    A wide ranging look at the fascinatingly diverse syncretic melange of religion in Java Inevitably the most interesting part to me was at the beginning about the folk religion Geertz calls the abangan strain Later chapters on the san

  2. says:

    First book I read on Indonesia as an undergraduate studentgot me hooked

  3. says:

    This book is based on Clifford Geertz b1926 PhD Thesis written between 1951 1952 and submitted in 1956 I certainly admire his effort to document the Javanese culture and provide as most important sources into the understanding of JavaneseHowev

  4. says:

    I appreciate the tremendous wok that has crept into the writing of this book I especially enjoyed the many notes or uotes from the conversations Geertz has with his informants On the whole I am not convinced by Geertz's analysis He offers no proof whatsoever that there is an Abangan and Priyayi religion Besides his annoying habit

  5. says:

    it's one of the hallmark Geertz made in his work perhaps even the most recognized one at least among Indonesianist but as has been noted by many critics his rich elaboration has simplify the diverse accents of Islam as embraced by Javanese people

  6. says:

    Here is the book that introduced the infamous typology the religious minded santri the secularized traditionalist abangan and the privileged modernist priyayi While Geertz's typology is today uestionable this book is still useful in exploring w

  7. says:

    Uniue but still debatable

  8. says:

    Not a lightweight read lots of great information and stories to illustrate his findings A good reference on a highly specialized topic

  9. says:

    This book was modern in its time Nowadays the santri's fanaticism seems mild compared to contemporary extreme practice in the name of religion

  10. says:

    I want to read this book How can I read it

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