Religion of Java

ISBN-10: 0226285103

ISBN-13: 9780226285108

Edition: 1976 (Reprint)

Authors: Clifford Geertz

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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 similarity 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 Southeast 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 Asia.
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Book details

List price: $41.00
Copyright year: 1976
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/1976
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Clifford Geertz, an American anthropologist, is known for his studies of Islam in Indonesia and Morocco and of the peasant economy of Java. But he is also the leading exponent of an orientation in the social sciences called "interpretation". Social life, according to this view, is organized in terms of symbols whose meaning we must grasp if we are to understand that organization and formulate its principles. Interpretative explanations focus on what institutions, actions, customs, and so on mean to the people involved. What emerges from studies of this kind are not laws of society, and certainly not statistical relationships, but rather interpretations, that is to say, understanding. Geertz taught for 10 years at the University of Chicago and has been the Harold F. Linder professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Introduction
The ""Abangan"" Variant
TheSlametanCommunal Feast as a Core Ritual TheSlametanPattern The Meaning of theSlametan
Spirit Beliefs Memedis: Frightening Spirits Lelembuts: Possessing Spirits Tujuls: Familiar Spirits Demits: Place Spirits Danjangs: Guardian Spirits The Meaning of Spirit Beliefs
TheSlametanCycles Petungan: The Javanese Numerological System Costs ofSlametans
TheSlametanCycles: Birth Tingkeban Babaran Pasaran Pitonan
TheSlametanCycles: Circumcision and Marriage
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