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On God and the universe: A call to see religions in different ways

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, November 18, 2019  /  02:10 pm
On God and the universe: A call to see religions in different ways

Table talk: Holding a media briefing for the Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival 2019 are (from left) curator Imam Muhtarom, committee chairman Seno Joko Suyono, advisor Oman Fahturrahman, Buddhist priest Acarya Lianhie, curator Murti Bunanta, cultural observer Mudji Sutrisno and advisor Toeti Heraty Noerhadi Roosseno. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

In its eighth installment this year, the Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival (BWCF 2019) will gather writers and cultural enthusiasts to revisit the ancient beliefs that existed in the archipelago. Themed “God and the Universe: Re-read Pantheism-Tantrayana in Kakawin and the Ancient Manuscripts of the Archipelago”, the festival will invite the public to retrace the works of Dutch pastor Petrus Josephus Zoetmulder, who was an expert in Old Javanese language. “Pantheism, as a doctrine in philosophy and theology, sees that God and the universe are inseparable. It is the subject often appearing in Romo Zoetmulder's works,” said organizing committee chairman Seno Joko Suyono at the event’s media briefing in Cemara 6 Galeri Museum in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Nov. 7. Zoetmulder, who spent most of his life in Yogyakarta and died there in 19...