The Suluk Lonthang, an example of Javanese Islamic Suluk poetry from the 19th century, exemplifies the relations of sexual transgression and the subversion of gender roles to the status of holy men and women in nineteenth century Java.Speakers will include: 1.30–1.45: Opening remarks 1.45–2.30: “On the Tantric Roots of Some Javanese Performing Characters”, Andrea Acri (École Pratique des Hautes Études) 2.30–3.15 “A Pedagogy of Transgression: Toward a Ghazalian Reading of the the Penis of Muhammad and Ali: Sex as the Way to God in Nineteenth Century Malaya”, Terenjit Sevea (Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre & University of Pennsylvania) 4.30–5.15: “Javanese Suluk Poems and their Co-texts: A Homogeneous Continuum”, Edwin Wieringa (University of Köln) 5.15–5.30: Concluding remarks This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life and the American Academy of Religion.
Recently, however, this religious custom drew unfavourable international attention, bringing the pilgrimage to a halt.
One question kept emerging: how religious was this practice?
Legend has it that they ran away together and lived at Gunung Kemukus.
It is believed that if you do something even more shameful there, such as having adulterous sex, then you will be blessed with good fortune.
Pilgrims must then wash themselves at one of the sacred springs on the hill and find a stranger and have sex with them. That is every 35 days, so it is a relationship that lasts around a year.
So the couples have to make a significant commitment to each other.If you are already a print subscriber, an online subscription is FREE.If you need help, please contact our office at 308 382-1000.“Praise be to God, after coming here, even though I have a few debts, my business is making a bit of a profit,” says a female pilgrim and small-business owner in a 2014 Australian SBS News TV documentary called Sex Mountain.“I just go there for the karaoke,” says another man in the film.The income of the 262 families, who live at Mount Kemukus, decreased by 90 per cent.