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Jakarta Post

Police, residents stop religious ceremony in Yogyakarta

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  01:04 am

Buddhist pandita (priest) Padma Wiradharma was leading an arga tranta (water tribute ritual) during an odalan (village temple ceremony) when a group outside the home started yelling for the event to be stopped and the worshippers to go home. Padma was performing the ceremony at the home of Utiek Suprapti in Mangir Lor village, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, on Tuesday afternoon.Police officers, including Pajangan Police chief Adj. Comr. Sri Basariah, arrived and demanded that the ceremony be stopped to avoid conflict with the residents. “This is a form of intolerance. We feel traumatized and our safety was not ensured,” Padma told reporters on Tuesday. The odalan ceremony was organized by Utiek, the head of the local Padma Buwana Hindu-Buddhist community, to pray for her ancestor Ki Ageng Mangir, a mystical figure who ruled the village during the time of the Hindu-Buddhis...