In Alcohol in early Java: Its social and cultural significance, Jiří Jákl offers an account of the production, trade, and consumption of alcohol in Java before 1500 CE, and discusses a whole array of meanings the Javanese have ascribed to its use. Though alcohol is extremely controversial in contemporary Islamic Java, it had multiple, often surprising, uses in the pre-Islamic society.
Jiří Jákl is a researcher at the Heidelberg University, working mainly on the cultural, religious, and social history of pre-Islamic Java and modern Bali. Jiří has studied Old Javanese at the Leiden University, and has obtained his Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Queensland,Brisbane, for his work on warfare in pre-modern Southeast Asia. Aside from his monograph on alcohol and its multiple uses in pre-Islamic Java, he has published about Java’s early culinary history, textile trade, and human-animal relations.
Cecilia Leong-Salobir, University of Western Australia & University of Wollongong
Arlo Griffiths, École française d’Extrême-Orient
Tom Hoogervorst, KITLV
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Image (below): Javanese ambulant vendor of distilled arrack. Around 1870 (p. 352 in Alcohol in early Java)