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RASAAffect and Intuition in Javanese Musical Aesthetics$
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Marc Benamou

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189438.001.0001

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This chapter is a lexicographic exploration of the word rasa, which may (too) generally be translated as “affect” or “intuition.” In fact, rasa is much more than that. Its meanings are multiple and layered, as demonstrated by the many oral citations from musicians interviewed for the study. Some attention is given as well to how the word is used in a nonmusical context, which necessarily brings in Javanese psychological and philosophical theories of selfhood and perception (kebatinan), which in turn have a strong foundation in Buddhism and Sufism.

Keywords:   rasa, intuition, translated, kebatinan, mysticism, Sufism, perception, psychological, lexicographical

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