What Role Does Food Play In The Life Of The Javanese

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Food is a powerful character in the lives of muslims, as it allows them to observe Ramadan. This character allowed muslims, such as the Javanese in the 19th century, Batavia, to build social relations with their community members, families and friends, as they were able to consume their meals together. Food also played a role in bringing the Javanese closer to Islam, as abstaining from food taught them their purposes in the community and allowed them to purify themselves by abstaining from certain unholy acts. The fasts that the Javanese observed during Ramadan really created a religious space where social relations and faith merged to become one and the same. Quite amazingly, I was able to understand this importance that food had in the lives of the Javanese through my four days spent observing Ramadan as a well-born Javanese in the 19th century in Batavia. The Javanese, along with all muslims, await Ramadan, as we await Christmas or birthdays. For them, it is a time to explore their divine religion and to wholly devote themselves to God. The followers of Ramadan had several religious attitudes towards fasting, some of which consisted of: means of showing obedience to Allah, helping to gain self-control, finding a source of spiritual power, learning how to feel for the poor, and learning to endure suffering. However, some muslims were just as likely to reject fasting due to opposing beliefs, though this was only around 2% of the muslims in Indonesia. Most of the muslims
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