Kebatinan and Religiousity in Paguyuban Tri Tunggal Yogyakarta

Title : Kebatinan and Religiousity in Paguyuban Tri Tunggal Yogyakarta
Author : Burhan Ali (CRCS, 2006)
Abstract
This research aims to seek the meaning of religiosity in Paguyuban Tri Tunggal, one of kebatinan groups in Yogyakarta, and tries to answer two main questions, those are: (1) What are the foundational values of paguyuban Tri Tunggal; and (2), Based on those values, how the followers of Paguyuban Tri Tunggal interpret their religiosity.

This research is an ethnographic survey of the behavior and teachings of Paguyuban Tri Tunggal which uses a theoretical assumption that perceives culture as a system of knowledge acquired by man through the process of learning that they use to interpret and at the same time to build strategies facing their environment. The subject of the research includes teachers, disciples, followers, and people who live in the environment. Data collection is conducted through indepth interviews, participatory observation and literary research which strengthen the field research results.

The research finding shows that there is a close relation between kebatinan and religiosity in Paguyuban Tri Tunggal. The relation is emphasized by the formulation of Teologi Kerakyatan, rooted in Javanese kebatinan, in the paguyuban to surpass the limitation of religion, ethnic, race, or group. These kebatinan values in turn influence how religion and/or religiosity are interpreted within the paguyuban.

Religion is seen by the followers within two categories: as an outfit (ageming aji) which is sometimes in opposition to the second category, the essence, or religiosity which transcends the boundaries of institutional religions, races, ethnics, and/or groups. This religiosity of the paguyuban is manifested by the followers of paguyuban in the praxis of healing which employs a holistic approach derived from different religious and cultural traditions. The healing reflects an unshakeable belief in God and the implementation of the noble value of healing people.

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