Bujangga Manik: An Old Sundanese Topogeny?

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Bujangga Manik: An Old Sundanese Topogeny?

Type: Master thesis
Title: Bujangga Manik: An Old Sundanese Topogeny?
Author: West, Alexander Joseph
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Old Sundanese
philology
Indonesia
medieval
literature
Austronesian
topogeny
anthropology
Abstract: Bujangga Manik is a fifteenth-century story from Sundanese-speaking West Java about an ascetic who travels around Java and Bali before ascending to heaven. Its central narrative trope, of narrating the ascetic's journey through a recitation of place names, has no clear parallels in South Asian literature, and I argue that it derives from an ancient Malayo-Polynesian tradition, similar to what the anthropologist J. J. Fox named the 'topogeny'. I attempt to show this through a dissection of Bujangga Manik and detailed comparison with ethnographic data from the Malayo-Polynesian-(Austronesian-)speaking world.
Supervisor: Arps, Bernard
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Asian Studies (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: Southeast Asian Studies
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51706
 

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