The Wong Sikep or Sedulur Sikep Movement of Central Java’s Longue Durée in Its Paradoxical Nature
Journal of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Southeast Asia
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The researchers apply concepts known around the singularity of the millenarian movement, such as “radical divergence” from everyday practices, “fusion of opposed qualities” like spirituality and materialism,” “innovative features,” and continuation of indigenous ritual practices.
In this paper, the authors argue that this “paradoxical” nature of the movement is the reason of its longue durée. These peasants’ protest is basically a demand for “spiritual entitlements” with the scopes reaching beyond human rights or any other standards known in the peasant movement’s legal history. The findings are that the Samin movement is fulfilling all the criteria of a true millenarian movement, which has gone beyond the point of no return of a simple “resistance”.
Yanuar Sumarlan and James Reinaldo Rumpia
Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University
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