A Book Review on “Mantra Kidung Jawa: Parsing the Lingual to the Transcendental”

Self-Access Center (SAC) Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) held a monthly book review entitled “Mantra Kidung Jawa: Parsing the Lingual to the Transcendental” by Wahyu Widodo, M.Hum, a lecturer of Indonesian Language and Literature Study Program FCS UB. The event was held on Friday (4/5/2019) in room 1.1 started from 10 a.m. up to 12.00 p.m. The event was also attended by Hatib Abdul Kadir, Ph.D., a lecturer of Anthropology Study Program FCS UB and Dr.Mohammad Anas, M.Phil, a lecturer of Master Program FISIP UB as the reviewers, and Muhammad Rozin, M.A, the Head of SAC FCS UB.

There were several sessions at this event, including the opening by the Head of SAC FCS UB; the presentation of the book by the author, Wahyu Widodo, M. Hum; the book review delivered by Hatib Abdul Kadir, Ph.D. and Dr. Mohammad Anas, M.Phil.; as well as discussion and question and answer session.

Wahyu Widodo, M. Hum said that the background of writing this book was the result of his master’s thesis when he was in his master’s education at Semarang State University. “Mantra Kidung Jawa contains a lot of Kawi letters, Sanskrit and ancient Javanese forms because there are 12 mantra of Javanese songs and translated, so that they can be read by the children of the modern generation and how the Javanese chant mantra are applied in practical everyday life,” he said. He also revealed a more detailed explanation about the book in three video channels including UB TV channel, UB TV YouTube account and on his own YouTube channel.

The event was continued by review and discussion about the contents of the book by Hatib Abdul Kadir, Ph.D. and Dr. Mohammad Anas, M.Phil. Hatib Abdul Kadir, Ph.D. said that this book provides an Islamic reflection which everyone wants to learn through various accesses. “This book is also important to read especially for you who are interested in Javanese studies, anthropology-linguistics studies, linguistics studies and religion,” he added. While Dr. Mohammad Anas, M. Phil explained that this book is a clear proof that religion and culture as instruments into transcendental matters.

The event was attended by students of Indonesian Language and Literature Education Study Program and students of Anthropology Study Program FCS UB. The discussions and questions-answer session were also quite active, such as Aprilia, a student of Anthropology Study Program asked about the connection of the current phenomenon using spells to attract customers as in the field of traditional medicine and how the authenticity of the spell could change.

After the discussion, the event was closed by the Head of SAC FCS UB. “Hopefully this kind of event can be maintained for the sake of education in advancing science through sharing book discussion so that it will enrich information about the study of culture and language because it is closely related to the field of study of FCS itself,” he said. (YI/DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)