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Villagers maintain interfaith harmony brick by brick

  • Asip Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Blitar, East Java   /   Wed, July 24 2019   /  12:18 am
Religious tolerance: Residents of Krisik, a village on the slopes of Mount Kawi in Blitar, East Java, who are mostly Muslims, volunteer on Saturday to help construct a retention wall to fortify a collapsing cliff that threatens Pura Agung Arga Sunya, one of the three grand Hindu temples in the regency.(JP/Asip Hasani)(JP/Asip Hasani)

Religious tolerance: Residents of Krisik, a village on the slopes of Mount Kawi in Blitar, East Java, who are mostly Muslims, volunteer on Saturday to help construct a retention wall to fortify a collapsing cliff that threatens Pura Agung Arga Sunya, one of the three grand Hindu temples in the regency.(JP/Asip Hasani)It was early in the morning when Salamun rushed to Al Falah mosque in Krisik village, Blitar regency, East Java, to make an announcement on kerja bakti (community activity) to local villagers on Saturday.Through the mosque’s loudspeaker, he called on neighbors to come together to build a 32-meter-tall landslide barrier on the slope of a hill where Pura Agung Arga Sunya — one of the three grand Hindu temples in the regency — stands.Minutes after Salamun’s announcement, dozens of villagers from Wonorejo hamlet, one of four hamlets in the village, gathered in the mosque...