Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia

Magic and Modernity

Edited by Volker Gottowik

Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia

Edited by Volker Gottowik

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

225 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9789089644244 Published October 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Starting from the premise that modernity has cast a spell over people around the world, this collection explores the use of magic and religion as modern tools for connection. The contributors draw on new ethnographic research in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia to show that residents of these countries no longer see religion and modernity as contradictory. Rather, religious ideas and magic practices help people across the region to meet the challenges of modern life. Revising our understanding of religion in Southeast Asia, this collection sheds new light on the multiple modernities that characterize our globalized world.

Modern Spirits

Peter J. Bräunlein:                   Spirits in and of Southeast Asia’s Modernity: An Overview

Michael Dickhardt:                 The Social Placing of Religion and Spirituality in Vietnam in the Context of Asian Modernity: Perspectives for Research

Alexander Horstmann:            Ancestral Spirits, Polyphony and Transgression in Southern Thailand’s Multi-Religious Ritual  

Guido Sprenger:                      Where the Death go to the Market: Market and Ritual as Social Systems in Upland Southeast Asia

Modern Muslims

Martin Slama:                         Hadhrami Moderns: The Recurring Dynamics and Historical Rhymes of Al-Irsyad, Indonesia         

Paul Christensen:                    Modernity and Spirit Possession in Java: Horse Dance as a Threatened Space of Interpretation  

Susanne Rodemeier                Mubeng Beteng: A Contested Ritual of Circumambulation in Yogyakarta

Melanie V. Nertz:                   ‘Muslim Modernities’ in Makassar and Yogyakarta: Negotiating ‘the West’ as Frame of Reference

Thomas Reuter:                      Cosmological Battles: Understanding Susceptibility and Resistance to Transnational Islamic Puritanism in Java

Modern Traditions


Birgit Bräuchler:                     Modes of Interreligious Coexistence and Civility in Maluku              

Volker Gottowik:                   Ethnicity and Violence in Bali; and what Barong Landung says about it

Annette Hornbacher:              Contested Moksa in Balinese AgamaHindu: Balinese Death Rituals between Ancestor Worship and Modern Hinduism

Karin Klenke:                         Good Girls: Christianity, Modernity and Gendered Morality in Tanah Karo, North Sumatra           

Judith Schlehe:                        Bukit Kasih, the Hill of Love: Multireligiosity for Pleasure

Notes on Contributors

Review Quotes
New Asia Books
“Gottowick has collected a vibrant sample of case studies from across the region that will interest a broad audience of students, teachers and scholars alike.”
Pacific Affairs
“An excellent collection of ethnographically and historically well-informed and well-written essays. . . . For many the book will serve as a welcome introduction to non-Anglophone research into Southeast Asia.”
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