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Police, residents stop Hindu-Buddhist ceremony in Indonesia city, Yogyakarta

Bambang Muryanto The Jakarta Post Wed, November 13, 2019

This is not the first case of religious intolerance in Bantul.

Utiek Suprapti, the head of the Padma Buwana Hindu-Buddhist community, stands outside the temple at her house in Mangir Lor village, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta on Tuesday night. On Tuesday afternoon, an ‘odalan’ (village ceremony) at the temple was stopped by police after pressure from local residents.(The Jakarta Post/Bambang Muryanto)

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia –  Buddhist pandita (priest) Padma Wiradharma was leading an arga tranta (water tribute ritual) during an odalan (village temple ceremony) when a group outside the home started yelling for the event to be stopped and the worshippers to go home. Padma was performing the ceremony at the home of Utiek Suprapti in Mangir Lor village, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta, on Tuesday afternoon. Police officers from the Pajangan district police precinct, including precinct chief Adj. Comr. Sri Basariah, arrived and asked the ceremony to be stopped to avoid conflict with the residents  “This is a form of intolerance. We feel traumatized and that our safety was not ensured,” Padma told reporters on Tuesday.

The odalan ceremony was organized by Utiek, the head of the local Padma Buwana Hindu-Buddhist community, to pray for her ancestor Ki Ageng Mangir, a mystical  figure.

From: THE JAKARTA POST (INDONESIA) Wed, November 13, 2019

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