Non-Buddhists Promoting and Preserving Buddhist Cultural Heritage through Performing Arts in Indonesia

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Wilis Rengganiasih Endah Ekowati


The conservation of world cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, has been
promoted and facilitated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO). Even though Indonesia has ratified the UNESCO’s convention of
the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2007, the preservation of intangible
cultural heritage has not yet received equal attention and effort as tangible cultural heritage
should have. Rites, rituals, and traditional performing arts are one of the Magelang
Regency’s cultural assets and are rich in local wisdom have been marginalized and
neglected. In response to these situations, people of Borobudur and its surroundings have
begun initiatives in preserving their intangible cultural heritage.
One of the programs of Ruwat-Rawat Borobudur's annual event which becomes the
focus of this paper is called Kidung Karmawibhangga.4. Given the context that Indonesia is
the largest country with the Muslim population in the world, it is intriguing to find out why nonBuddhist art groups learn about and create new arts work based on Karmawibhangga,
The Buddhist teaching of the law of Kamma.


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Ekowati, W. R. E. (2018). Non-Buddhists Promoting and Preserving Buddhist Cultural Heritage through Performing Arts in Indonesia. The Journal of International Association of Buddhist Universities (JIABU), 11(3), 407–414. Retrieved from
Author Biography

Wilis Rengganiasih Endah Ekowati, Syailendra Buddhist College, Indonesia

M.A. in Religious and Cross-cultural Studies,
Gadjah Mada University


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