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Following Jesus the Clown
Based on the author’s autobiography of hyphenated identities, the article attempts to compare cross-culturally two clown figures: the Javanese Semar and the Christian Jesus. Both figures demonstrate that a clown must live in their total otherness, perform both social critique and solidarity, and take the risk to be a victim and healer. Finally, the church must become a community of clowns in order to be faithful to Jesus the Clown.