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Ritual and Cultural Reproduction in Non-Islamic Java

Robert W. Hefner
American Ethnologist
Vol. 10, No. 4 (Nov., 1983), pp. 665-683
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Anthropological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/644055
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Abstract

Recent studies link the problem of cultural transmission to the larger issue of how we conceptualize cultural history and integration. I address this question here by examining reproduction and change in Java's only surviving Indic priesthood. The conflict of meanings characteristic of priestly and popular ritual culture in modern Tengger has a history shaped by the differing modes of cultural transmission around which this non-Islamic tradition was organized. I also raise some questions as to the relation of social order to cultural form and of public symbolism to private thought. [cultural transmission, religious change, Indonesia, Islam and Hinduism, myth and ritual]

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