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induism in modern-day Southeast Asia
Hinduism in modern-day Southeast Asia
Vibrant Hindu communities remain in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,
and Indonesia (as in Java, Bali, Sulawesi and Kalimantan) (for
details, see Agama Hindu Dharma). One notably Southeast Asian aspect
of Hinduism is the festival of Thaipusam.
The resurgence of Hinduism in Indonesia is occurring in all parts of
the country. In the early seventies, the Toraja people of Sulawesi
were the first to be identified under the umbrella of ‘Hinduism’,
followed by the Karo Batak of Sumatra in 1977 and the Ngaju Dayak of
Kalimantan in 1980.
The growth of Hinduism has been driven also by the famous Javanese
prophesies of Sabdapalon and Jayabaya.
Many recent converts to Hinduism had been members of the families of
Sukarno’s PNI, and now support Megawati Sukarnoputri. This return
return to the ‘religion of Majapahit’ (Hinduism) is a matter of
The new Hindu communities in Java tend to be concentrated around
recently built temples (pura) or around archaeological temple sites
(candi) which are being reclaimed as places of Hindu worship. An
important new Hindu temple in eastern Java is Pura Mandaragiri Sumeru
Agung, located on the slope of Mt Sumeru, Java’s highest mountain.
Mass conversions have also occurred in the region around Pura Agung
Blambangan, another new temple, built on a site with minor
archaeological remnants attributed to the kingdom of Blambangan, the
last Hindu polity on Java, and Pura Loka Moksa Jayabaya (in the
village of Menang near Kediri), where the Hindu king and prophet
Jayabaya is said to have achieved spiritual liberation (moksa).
Another site is the new Pura Pucak Raung in East Java, which is
mentioned in Balinese literature as the place from where Maharishi
Markandeya took Hinduism to Bali in the fifth century AD.
An example of resurgence around major archaeological remains of
ancient Hindu temple sites was observed in Trowulan near
Mojokerto,the capital of the legendary Hindu empire Majapahit. A
local Hindu movement is struggling to gain control of a newly
excavated temple building which they wish to see restored as a site
of active Hindu worship. The temple is to be dedicated to Gajah Mada,
the man attributed with transforming the small Hindu kingdom of
Majapahit into an empire. Although there has been a more pronounced
history of resistance to Islamization in East Java, Hindu communities
are also expanding in Central Java near the ancient Hindu monuments
The current estimates of Hinduism in Indonesia range from 4 to 8