Jin and Local Lords of the Earth

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Detail: Indonesia, East Java, Madura, Pesantren manuscript, depicting sufferings of hell, 1913, watercolour and ink on European paper, leather, 28.4 x 20.5 cm; Gift of Michael Abbott AO QC 2007, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Jin and Local Lords of the Earth

Jin and Local Lords of the Earth

The belief in Jin and guardian spirits played a central role in the spread of Islam in Java in the 16th to 18th century. This talk discusses their historical identities in the face of changing Islam today.


James Bennett

James Bennett, Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, is curator for the upcoming exhibition No god but God: the art of Islam scheduled for June 2019.


How to Book: Please make all bookings and payments in advance. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning (bookings@taasa.org.au) or call Chris on 0412 686 025.

How to Pay
1. By Direct Debit (“your name Spirits 4″ as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card on this website – see booking button



6 May, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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