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Title: Ritual, Heritage and Power in Contemporary Java: The Pasamuan Ageng and Pusoko of Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat
Keywords: ritual, heritage, power, Javanese, karaton, kraton, keraton, pusaka, Surakarta
Issue Date: 3-Oct-2008
Citation: SURYAKENCHANA BIN OMAR (2008-10-03). Ritual, Heritage and Power in Contemporary Java: The Pasamuan Ageng and Pusoko of Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In recent years, rituals of the Keraton Surakarta Hadiningrat have attracted large numbers of observers, participants, and media coverage. The more prominent of these rituals involving a large number of participants are called Pasamuan Ageng. In every ritual, pusaka or sacred artefacts are prominent components. Beyond providing a sense of historical continuity and legitimacy, these artefacts represent the keratonb s reservoir of mystical powers. Together with rituals, the idea of pusaka provides an effective strategy for the preservation of cultural heritage.While the appreciation of each ritual confers fascinating insights into the Keratonb s rich cultural heritage, the study of these rituals and their pusaka will illuminate the relationship between ritual, heritage and power.Although this thesis aims to show how the Pasamuan Ageng served as a platform for the keraton to remain relevant in contemporary Java, it is possible that the keraton could be another b theatre stateb .
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