Water in the Catholic Pilgrimage Place: the Case of Water in the Catholic Temple in Ganjuran Bantul

‘Symbol and belief’ is our main topic in Wednesday Forum this week based on theme “Water in the Catholic Pilgrimage Place: the Case of Water in the Catholic Temple in Ganjuran Bantul”. We invite you to join this forum. Some information about the forum can be read as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Time: 12.30 pm ? 2.30 pm (free lunch)
Venue: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara Pogung
Speaker: Agus Tridiatno,Yoachim


One characteristic of catholic pilgrimage places is the existence of spring or well (Jv: sendang). It is usually believed that in the pilgrimage places happened miracles related to the spring such as health recovery. Then, many people came there for getting health recovery or other hopes.

In Christianity, water is symbol of baptism, new life, and purification. Of course, the existence of spring in the Catholic pilgrimage places is the sign of new life, hope, and purification.

This study tries to explore the meaning of water in the pilgrimage place, especially in the Catholic temple in Ganjuran Bantul, a famous Catholic pilgrimage place in Yogyakarta. How the pilgrims understand water in the pilgrimage place? Why the pilgrims wash their faces, and even whole bodies there? Why they believe that they will get health recovery by doing that?

About the Speaker:

AGUS TRIDIATNO, YOACHIM is now the first year student of ICRS-Yogya.. He is a lecturer of religion subject in Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta. He is also the member of Liturgical Commission of Semarang Arch Diocese (Keuskupan Agung Semarang). His publications are Understanding Patriotism in Gaudium et Spes, Ateneo de Manila University, 1998 (masteral thesis); Masalah-Masalah Moral, Yogyakarta: Penerbit Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, 2000;”Perkosaan terhadap Istri: Perlu Reformasi Hukum” in Menggugat Harmoni, Yogyakarta: Rifka Annisa, 2000;”Primus inter Pares. Menangkal Diktatorisme dan Disintegrasi” , Jurnal Isip, 2001(2):1-11; “Memperkarakan Tradisi Gereja: Teolog Feminis Sandra Marie Schneiders”, Melintas ,2002 (55):27-47; “The Tolerance of the Catholics toward Other Religions and Believes: Case Study on the Catholics in Yogyakarta”, Proceedings of International Seminar. Globalization, Religion and the Media in the Islamic World: Intercultural Dialogue, Penerbit:MKU Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, 2003; ?Memelihara Kesatuan dengan Menghormati Keragaman? dalam buku Josep J. Darmawan (ed), Multikulturalisme. Membangun Harmoni Masyarakat Plural, Yogyakarta: Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta, 2005. His articles were also published in Bernas and Kedaulatan Rakyat, Yogyakarta.


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