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Old 30th July 2020, 08:15 PM   #12
A. G. Maisey
Join Date: May 2006
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"Iki Jowo" = "This is Java".

If we were to be using Bahasa Indonesia it would be:- "Ini Jawa"

and this sort of thing is truly Java;- layer after layer after layer of societal/cultural/religious style and belief.

With Java it has never been a matter of "instead of", it has always been "as well as".

The Javanese person has in his heart the standards and beliefs of his indigenous ancestors, over which are layers of Hindu/Buddhist/Muslim and sometimes even Christian belief.

One can never have too many Gods, nor too many layers of protection.
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