ICRS Field Trip Class: History of Religions

Friday, April 27th, 2018, 13:56 WIB

ICRS Field Trip Class

As a part of our course on History of religions, we conducted two days of study trips under the guidance of Prof. Inajati Adrisijanti, and Dr. Leonard C. Epafras, on 4 and 11 April 2018.  We, the ICRS Doctoral Students, namely;  Syamsul Asri, June Cahyaningtyas, Andreas Setyawan, Lasarus Umbu Labu Pinyawali, Roy Vettikuzhiyil Joseph and Suryningsi Mila, actively participated in the two days study trip. 

On 4 April 2018, we started our journey at 7:30 AM from the UGM Campus to Prambanan Temple, 9th century Hindu temple. We had a nice time there. We could understand the meaning of each and every thing in and around the temples, its significance. We were accompanied by the directors of the Temple because she was an old student of Prof. Inajati. We spent almost four hours in the temple and its premises. The expertise of our instructors helped us to know the temple in a detailed way. 

After visiting Prambanan temple, we moved to Plaosan Temple, which is a Buddhist temple. It was also built in the 9th century CE. It helped us to understand the architectural beauty of the Buddhist temple. It also symbolises the interreligious concerns in the 9th century. After that we went to Sambisari temple. It was a great astonishing for all of us to see a temple which is buried five meters under the surplus of the land. It is also a Hindu temple which was built in the 9th century. For many centuries it was under the ground level of the earth due to volcanic eruptions. By 5 o clock we completed the first day of the field trip. We too had great opportunities to converse with the officials and workers in those visited areas. 

The second section of the trip was on 11April 2018. As usual we started at 7:30 AM. First we moved to Imogiri. It is a royal graveyard located near Yogyakarta. It is the official graveyard of the royal families of Mataram Kingdom, later divided into Surakarta and Yogyakarta Sultanate. We could enjoy the beauty of the graveyard. If Surakarta part is painted with black colour and different Kala, the Yogyakarta section is painted with white colour and different simple Kala. Now a new tomb is under construction for present Sultan of Yogyakarta. Each section is maintained by the concerned sections and they have their own particular dress too. 

After that we went to Genjuran church, Church of the sacred heart of Jesus, A Catholic church, which is famous for its Javanese design. It is a great example of inculturation. It adopted many Javanese elements in its statues and its liturgy. After spending few hours there, we moved towards Kotagede, means big city, although now it is not a big city. It was the first capital city of the Mataram Sultanate in the 16th century. The centre of attraction there is the great Mosque. We could see inside of the Mosque and learnt about the architecture of the buildings. They also preserve the graveyard there. All these invited us to an atmosphere of 16th century Matharam’s life. The hectic day was concluded at 8 PM. 

These two days trip gave us an entirely different picture of the historical places. We could see, touch and hear from the first sources of the historical importance. Really it was an interreligious study trip from Hinduism to Buddhism, from there to Christianity and from Christianity to Islam. It also helped us to know the historical implications and its present relevance of these historical places. All these were made possible only by the help of our beloved instructors. Big thanks to them for their scholarly accompaniment and instructions. It also helped us to build the bond among us. We also remember with gratitude the ICRS for its monetary help and support. We also were accompanied by few office staff members to facilitate photo section and other conveniences. (Roy V. Joseph)