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By Andrew Beatty

Java is known for its blend of numerous cultural kinds and non secular ideals. Andrew Beatty considers Javanese ideas to the matter of cultural distinction, and explores the ways that Javanese villages make feel in their advanced and multi-layered tradition. Pantheist mystics, supernaturalists, orthodox Muslims and Hindu converts straight away build contrasting faiths and create a standard floor via syncretist ritual. Vividly evoking the spiritual lifetime of Javanese villagers, its controversies and reconciliations, its humour and irony, its philosophical seriousness, and its formal attractiveness, Dr Beatty probes past the completed surfaces of formality and cosmology to teach the talk and compromise inherent in functional faith. this is often the main complete research of Javanese faith considering the fact that Clifford Geertz's vintage research of 1960.

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There can be twenty or more items, though on average there are about a dozen. One of the purposes of the address is to enumerate and display to the spirits what is on offer; the speech is intended for them as well as for the living witnesses. The deceased are jealous of the living and are apt to frustrate and af¯ict them if not properly and regularly acknowledged. Hence, before the speech begins the banana-leaf coverings are removed; and witnesses or the host prompt the speaker if he leaves anything out.

After a siege of thirteen months the fortress at Bayu ®nally succumbed to epidemic and bombardment. The Dutch ordered captives to be decapitated and their heads to be hung from the treetops to spread terror among the population. Those rebels who had reportedly `cooked and eaten' the Dutch commander were led away and drowned. Madurese troops `vied for the women and children as their spoils. The stench of dead bodies of those who had run to the forest could be smelled from afar' (Lekkerkerker 1923: 1060).

These ruins later became the focus of a Hindu renaissance, led not by natives of Banyuwangi but by wong kulon (chapter 8). The result of a century and half of immigration was an unusual ethnic mix. 2 per cent of the population were born outside Banyuwangi ± the highest proportion of migrants in any Javanese regency (Hugo 1980: 106). This ®gure does not take account of the numerous descendants of earlier migrants, and native Osing must at that time have been in a minority. Censuses carried out since Independence do not give ®gures on ethnic composition.

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