Talking with Agustinus Wibowo: Syncretic Indonesia

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In this article: Agustinus Wibowo,
Written by Stefano Romano, and was originally published in Personal Blog,
May 25, 2022


Agustinus Wibowo is a young Indonesian intellectual who ranges from writing, with highly successful books, to travel photography. In his travels, he has crossed the Himalayas, South Asia, Afghanistan (where he lived for three years), Iran, and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. Agustinus is fluent in Indonesian, English, and Mandarin Chinese; he learned Russian, Japanese, German and French academically; and he also self-taught many languages including Urdu, Farsi, Tajik, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Uzbek, Mongolian, Turkish, and Tok Pisin. One of his favorite topics is the religious syncretic tradition of Indonesia, which is one of the topics that fascinates me, not just related to Indonesia. But given that very little is yet known about the archipelago of 17,000 islands, it seems like a good opportunity to have a chat with Agustinus.

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