The Javanese are a primarily Muslim culture, with a minority of Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus mixed into the population. People frequently combine their chosen religion with certain aspects of traditional Javanese culture, creating a set of practices unique to the region. In Javanese families, male and female descendents are treated equally, and women are quite independent. Today, many Javanese work in the government and the military, but traditional occupations like rice farming and blacksmithing are also common. Rice is the staple food for the Javanese, and a meal is not considered complete unless rice has been a part of it.
- Slamet Riyadi