Ritual deposits from Candi Kimpulan, Yogyakarta, Central Java
Veronique Degroot (EFEO)
Indung Panca Putra (Balai Pelestarian Cagar Budaya Yogyakarta)
Paper short abstract:
In 2009, a small Hindu temple was discovered on a university campus in Yogyakarta. During its restoration, more than 15 ritual deposits were found. We would like to present this newly found material and place it in the wider context of Hindu consecration rituals in Southeast Asia.
Paper long abstract:
On December the 11th 2009, preparatory work for constructing a new library on the campus of Universitas Islam Indonesia (Yogyakarta, Central Java) had begun while an excavator pulled out a carved stone. Officials from the local Center for Cultural Heritage Protection were called and discovered that a small village temple from the 9th-10th century lied buried under 3 m of volcanic debris. The restoration of this small structure led to another unexpected find: under the pedestals and below the pavement stones more than 15 ritual deposits were found intact. Some of them were placed in stone caskets, others in small bronze bowls.
This paper would like to present this unique material to the scientific community and contribute to the discussion about similarities and peculiarities of such consecration rituals throughout Southeast Asia.
Archaeologies of religion: material approaches to the study of belief systems in Southeast Asia