Java’s culture of local pilgrimage

Indonesia Study Group


George Quinn, ANU.


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Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 - 12:30 to 14:00

Since the 1990s there has been a dramatic rise in the number of Muslims making pilgrimage visits to the tombs of saints in Java. Saint veneration and local pilgrimage preserve many “non-standard” devotional practices that were once called abangan. The big jump in pilgrim numbers belies the claim that non-standard Islam is on the run, or has collapsed altogether, in the face of rising orthodoxy/conservatism.

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