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.
Semar, Kejawen, Javanism, Paguyuban Cahya Buwana, Gunung Srandil
Asian Studies | Religion
Singapore Society of Asian Studies
CHAN, Margaret.(2014). The Worship of Semar: A Claim to "Jus Primordialis". Asian Culture, 38, 1-17.
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