Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

8-2014

Abstract

An ethnography of Paguyuban Cahya Buwana (PCB, The Community of the Light of the Universe) at Gunong Srandil, Central Java, a group dedicated to the worship of Semar. The study reveals how a community of Chinese in Central Java has moved beyond limiting ethnic notions such as Peranakan (Chinese born in Indonesia and adopting Indonesian language) and Totok (“newly-arrived” and retaining the Chinese language) to become entirely Javanese through entry into Kejawen (“Javanism”). This entry has been effected through their worship of Semar who has been described as the “father” of the Javanese.

Keywords

Semar, Kejawen, Javanism, Paguyuban Cahya Buwana, Gunung Srandil

Discipline

Asian Studies | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Asian Culture

Volume

38

First Page

1

Last Page

17

ISSN

0217-6742

Publisher

Singapore Society of Asian Studies

Copyright Owner and License

Margaret Chan

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