Grave visiting (Ziyarah) in Indonesia

Julian Millie, Lewis Mayo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Pilgrimage sites in the Republic of Indonesia are frequently visited by pilgrims belonging to diverse denominations. In a time when borders between religious groups are hardening in the Republic of Indonesia, this fact indicates an exception to wider trends in the sociology of religion in the country. By exploring the multivocality that emerges in the legitimising narratives about Gunung Kawi (Mount Kawi), a popular destination for spiritual visitors in East Java, and by observing the characteristic practices in which pilgrims engage at the site, Millie and Mayo trace the religious forms and understandings that enable this inter-religious variant of pilgrimage. Their conclusions require understanding of dominant modes of public religion in Indonesia, and how multivocal narrative histories and embodied practice provide exceptions to them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMuslim Pilgrimage in the Modern World
EditorsBabak Rahimi, Peyman Eshaghi
Place of PublicationChapel Hill North Carolina USA
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781469651477
ISBN (Print)9781469651453, 9781469651460
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameIslamic Civilization and Muslim Networks
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press


  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Pilgrimage
  • Indonesia
  • Public Islam

Cite this