Rituals - Ceremonies - Rituals
Islam is the majority religion in Indonesia (88%). Not all Javanese practice religious rituals according to the Islamic doctrines; there are "Kejawen", and also many people are Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and others...
There is a lot of offering and feasts (Pesta), special dedicated to supreme power and the lower invisible being, the ancestor's spirits, good and evil spirits which can affect human life. Those rituals such as:
*Life circle rites including many ritual after death. Basically there are ritual from Pregnancy - Birth - Life - Death - After Death.
*Various ritual for the Desa, Rice field, and Land cultivation,
*Various ritual for the Moslem holidays,
*Ritual for special event such as opening new house, diseases, long journey etc.
*Special Rituals dedicated to Javanese Supremes (Gn. Lawu, Southern Ocean, Gn. Merapi)
Even, after death they have ceremonies after 3, 7, 40, 100, 300 and 1000 days. Therefore it is remarkable the Javanese still dedicate offerings, rituals and ceremonial rituals to the Goddess Of The South Sea, ie. Indian Ocean all along the shore of Southern Java. Even on the island of Krakatau and Banyuwangi these rituals you may join.
<<< with special permission "Sea-Offering South-Kava" - painting created by Frans Erkelens ...