Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Religious Life, ISRL 2020, 2-5 November 2020, Bogor, Indonesia

Research Article

Women's Leadership in Asta Brata

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305079,
        author={Budiana  Setiawan},
        title={Women's Leadership in Asta Brata},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Religious Life, ISRL 2020, 2-5 November 2020, Bogor, Indonesia},
        keywords={women leadership asta brata teachings duality gods},
  • Budiana Setiawan
    Year: 2021
    Women's Leadership in Asta Brata
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305079
Budiana Setiawan1,*
  • 1: Center for Policy Research, Board for Research and Development and Books, Ministry of Education and Culture
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Women are often considered inappropriate person to lead a society because most people believed if they lack leadership characteristics. Leadership is synonymous with masculine traits and is only owned by men. However, in historical fact, from time to time there have always been women leaders, both in Nusantara and in other states in the world. Even in modern era, many women have become leaders, from level regional to president and prime minister. All of the women do not lose their feminine traits, such as: graceful, humanistic, maternity, doing by feelings, and so on. In this regard, Javanese have a concept of leadership, that is called Asta Brata (eight traits of leadership), which was inherited from Hinduism. How does the application of Asta Brata's teachings in leadership traits of someone? Does the leadership traits have to be absolutely masculine? Is there actually a harmony between masculine and feminine traits in the leadership teaching of Asta Brata? The research is doing by desk research/ literature study). The method of data collection is used through literature that is relevant to the problem. The results showed that the good characters of leadership in Asta Brata's teachings are manifested in figures of gods, which are personifications of nature, namely: Surya, Candra, Kartika, Angkasa, Bayu, Samudra, Agni, and Pertiwi. The eight leadership traits reflect dualities, namely masculine and feminine.