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Hindu Javanese : Tengger Tradition and Islam - Robert W. Hefner

Hindu Javanese

Tengger Tradition and Islam

Paperback Published: 13th February 1990
ISBN: 9780691028569
Number Of Pages: 312

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The most important study of Javanese religion since Clifford Geertz's Religion of Java (1960). An ethnographically rich and historically detailed portrait of the last Hindu enclave in Muslim Java, Hefner's work is also a compelling account of the symbolic processes involved in religious conversion. . . . This is a brilliant study which is certain to appeal to readers concerned with post-structuralist theory as well as specialists in Asian Studies, Hinduism, and Islam. --Choice Elegantly written, convincingly argued, and painstakingly researched, this study of a Javanese mountain people is the most paradigmatic work in the anthropology of religion to appear since Nuer Religion. --E. Valentine Daniel, Religious Studies Review This book is an exemplary model of sophisticated use of sociological and semiotic theory in the analysis of complex historical and ethnographic materials. It will interest not only anthropologists and Indonesianists, but also historians, linguists, and students of the history of religion and mythology. The general reader would also enjoy the work, for it is gracefully and vividly written. --Hildred Geertz, Princeton University [T]he description of ritual, the priestly role, and prayer in the contemporary setting is careful, subtle and original. The challenges from and reactions to Islam are well delineated. --R. H. Barnes, Times Literary Supplement

"The most important study of Javanese religion since Clifford Geertz's Religion of Java (1960). An ethnographically rich and historically detailed portrait of the last Hindu enclave in Muslim Java, Hefner's work is also a compelling account of the symbolic processes involved in religious conversion... This is a brilliant study which is certain to appeal to readers concerned with post-structuralist theory as well as specialists in Asian Studies, Hinduism, and Islam."--Choice "Elegantly written, convincingly argued, and painstakingly researched, this study of a Javanese mountain people is the most paradigmatic work in the anthropology of religion to appear since Nuer Religion."--E. Valentine Daniel, Religious Studies Review "[T]he description of ritual, the priestly role, and prayer in the contemporary setting is careful, subtle and original. The challenges from and reactions to Islam are well delineated."--R. H. Barnes, Times Literary Supplement

List of Tablesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 3
The Setting: History and Identityp. 23
Region and Ritualp. 44
Village World and Village Conceptsp. 65
Village Ritual and Islamp. 104
Culture Challenge and Culture Hero: The Tale of Ajisaka and Mohammadp. 126
Life Passage and Ritualp. 142
Ritual Form and Meaning: The Entas-Entas Purificationp. 163
Priest and Priestly Faithp. 189
The Economics of Ritual Reproductionp. 216
Islamization and Hindu Reformp. 239
Conclusionp. 266
Resi Priesthood in Tengger and Bali, a Comparative Notep. 271
Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9780691028569
ISBN-10: 0691028567
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 13th February 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.55  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.41