Download Ebook, Epub, Textbook, quickly and easily or read online full books anytime and anywhere. Click GET BOOK button and get unlimited access by create free account.

Title From Cosmogony to Exorcism in a Javavese Genesis
Author Stephen C. Headley
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release 2001-02-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 264
ISBN 0191583812
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

In 1925 the influential Dutch anthropologist W. H. Rassers posed the question of the relationship of myth to ritual, taking as his case study the Javanese myth of the birth of the man-eating demon, Kala. The light shed by this myth, and its re-enactment, on the social morphology of Java was immediately the subject of debate among students of Javanese culture. Stephen C. Headley translates and studies ritual and myth in their variant forms. He expands illuminatingly upon Rasser's general proposition, that the movement from cosmogony to exorcism founds fundamental social forms within which values circulate in Javanese society. Richly detailed descriptions confirm the permanence of these networks of circulating values in modern-day Java, and their persistence in the face of contemporary individualism.

Title From Cosmogony to Exorcism in a Javanese Genesis
Author Stephen Cavana Headley
Publisher Oxford University Press on Demand
Release 2000
Category Social Science
Total Pages 250
ISBN 9780198234234
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

'This book gives the reader much food for thought, not only about Javanese mythology, the wayang, and cosmology, but also about what it is to be a Javanese person within a cosmos so construed.' -Moussons'Interesting reading... the author is well equipped to carry out this task, having an unusual and impressive command of the literature. His tour through the mythological background is intriguing and insightful... many suggestive leads and fascinating links between mythology, kinship, and ritual... From Cosmogony to Exorcism offers an analysis in the structuralist mode and it makes a brilliant contribution to this tradition.' -AnthroposStephen Headley translates and studies a Javanese ritual and myth, the birth of the man-eating demon, Kala. He shows that this genesis myth, with its movement from cosmogony to exorcism, constitutes the basis of networks of circulating values in contemporary Javanese society.

Tantric Temples by Peter Levenda

Title Tantric Temples
Author Peter Levenda
Publisher Nicolas-Hays, Inc.
Release 2011-11-01
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 384
ISBN 0892546018
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

Tantra is one of the most misunderstood of the esoteric disciplines. In order to get a clear idea as to the nature of Tantric ritual and belief it is necessary to go where Tantra is still practiced and from where important Tantric teachings originated a thousand years ago: the island of Java in present-day Indonesia. This book illustrates the history of Tantrism in Java with more than a hundred photographs of temples, statues and iconography dedicated to the system -- some rarely seen before, including the recently-excavated "white temple" of Yogyakarta -- and accounts of contemporary practices in the shrines, cemeteries and secret schools of Java It is this Tantra -- the Tantra of Java -- that has influenced secret societies, mystics, alchemists, Kabbalists and magicians for hundreds if not thousands of years. This book tells the story of how human sexuality became a metaphor and a template for both spiritual transformation and the manipulation of reality/ of how various sexual acts and psycho-biological states became the basis for a comprehensive cosmology that incorporates every aspect of human experience. Sometimes the secrets are buried where you least expect to find them. Sometimes they are hidden in plain sight. Sometimes... they are both. In the largest Muslim country in the world we will discover a path of Tantra so unique, yet so vibrant and alive, that we will be astonished that no one had heard of it until now.

Durga s Mosque by Stephen Headley

Title Durga s Mosque
Author Stephen Headley
Publisher Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Release 2004
Category Religion
Total Pages 604
ISBN 9789812302427
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

Stephen Headley's new book explores contemporary religious change in the Surakarta region of Central Java. In his analysis of the Durga ritual complex, the author sheds light on one of the most unusual court traditions to have survived in an era of deepening Islamisation.

Title Wong Pinter The Roles and Significance of Javanese Shaman
Author Agustinus Sutiono
Publisher Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia
Release 2020-10-26
Category Social Science
Total Pages 376
ISBN 6024814674
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

Exploring the phenomenon of socio-religio-magico reality in Java called wong pinter, this study is a pioneering academic work based on a first hand data. By interviewing 108 practitioners within the framework of anthropological and ethnographical approaches and putting the discussions in the context of shamanism study, this work is also a unique inquiry on Javanese culture conducted by a native. Wong Pinter delineates significant connectivity between Javanese shamanism and Asian or Southeast Asian shamanism. It also describes various aspect of shamanism practices in Java and assesses the sustainability and challenges of this phenomenon vis-a-vis the suppression of religious and political establishment. Above all, this book is an outstanding report valuable to those who are interested to delve into the core of Javanese culture and to the deliberation of social science in general.

War Magic by Douglas Farrer

Title War Magic
Author Douglas Farrer
Publisher Berghahn Books
Release 2016-09-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 180
ISBN 1785333305
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

This compelling volume explores how war magic and warrior religion unleash the power of the gods, demons, ghosts, and the dead. Documenting war magic and warrior religion as they are performed in diverse cultures and across historical time periods, this volume foregrounds embodiment, practice, and performance in anthropological approaches to magic, sorcery, shamanism, and religion. The authors go beyond what magic ‘represents’ to consider what magic does. From Chinese exorcists, Javanese spirit siblings, and black magic in Sumatra to Tamil Tiger suicide bombers, Chamorro spiritual re-enchantment, tantric Buddhist war magic, and Yanomami dark shamans, religion and magic are re-evaluated not just from the practitioner’s perspective but through the victim’s lived experience. These original investigations reveal a nuanced approach to understanding social action, innovation, and the revitalization of tradition in colonial and post-colonial societies undergoing rapid social transformation.

Title Stunning Males and Powerful Females
Author Christina Sunardi
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Release 2015-02-15
Category Music
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0252096916
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

In east Javanese dance traditions like Beskalan and Ngremo, musicians and dancers negotiate gender through performances where males embody femininity and females embody masculinity. Christina Sunardi ventures into the regency of Malang in east Java to study and perform with dancers. Through formal interviews and casual conversation, Sunardi learns about their lives and art. Her work shows how performers continually transform dance traditions to negotiate, and renegotiate, the boundaries of gender and sex--sometimes reinforcing lines of demarcation, sometimes transgressing them, and sometimes doing both simultaneously. But Sunardi's investigation moves beyond performance. It expands notions of the spiritual power associated with female bodies and feminine behavior, and the ways women, men, and waria (male-to-female transvestites) access the magnetic power of femaleness.

The Encoded Cirebon Mask by Laurie Margot Ross

Title The Encoded Cirebon Mask
Author Laurie Margot Ross
Publisher BRILL
Release 2016-09-08
Category History
Total Pages 392
ISBN 9004315217
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

In The Encoded Cirebon Mask: Materiality, Flow, and Meaning along Java’s Islamic Northwest Coast, Laurie Margot Ross situates masks and masked dance in the Cirebon region of Java (Indonesia) as an authentic expression of Islam by analyzing the objects themselves.

Title Muslim Merit making in Thailand s Far South
Author Christopher M. Joll
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
Release 2011-11-02
Category Religion
Total Pages 236
ISBN 9789400724853
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

This volume provides an ethnographic description of Muslim merit-making rhetoric, rituals and rationales in Thailand’s Malay far-south. This study is situated in Cabetigo, one of Pattani’s oldest and most important Malay communities that has been subjected to a range of Thai and Islamic influences over the last hundred years. The volume describes religious rhetoric related to merit-making being conducted in both Thai and Malay, that the spiritual currency of merit is generated through the performance of locally occurring Malay adat, and globally normative amal 'ibadat. Concerning the rationale for merit-making, merit-makers are motivated by both a desire to ensure their own comfort in the grave and personal vindication at judgment, as well as to transfer merit for those already in the grave, who are known to the merit-maker. While the rhetoric elements of Muslim merit-making reveal Thai influence, its ritual elements confirm the local impact of reformist activism.

Engaging Evil by William C. Olsen

Title Engaging Evil
Author William C. Olsen
Publisher Berghahn Books
Release 2019-05-01
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 322
ISBN 1789202140
Language English, Spanish, and French
GET BOOK

Book Summary:

Anthropologists have expressed wariness about the concept of evil even in discussions of morality and ethics, in part because the concept carries its own cultural baggage and theological implications in Euro-American societies. Addressing the problem of evil as a distinctly human phenomenon and a category of ethnographic analysis, this volume shows the usefulness of engaging evil as a descriptor of empirical reality where concepts such as violence, criminality, and hatred fall short of capturing the darkest side of human existence.