The Javanese local wisdom described in Murwakala performed in the oral tradition of ruwatan

Masitoh, Siti (2016) The Javanese local wisdom described in Murwakala performed in the oral tradition of ruwatan. Presented at The 4th International Conference Language, Society, and Culture in Asian Contexts (LSCAC), 24-26 May 2016, Malang, Indonesia.

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Abstract: This paper discusses the local wisdom described in Murwakala performed in the oral tradition of Ruwatan . Ruwatan is the Javanese traditional ceremony done in order to release the Sukerta ’s life from Bathara Kala ’s threat. There are certain groups of people who believe that ruwatan is a ceremony that has to be done by the Sukerta ; if they have not done it, they think that they have not done their responsibility and if they cannot do that, they will suffer from Bathara Kala ’s threat (Subalidinata, 1985: 3). Ruwatan was done for the first time in the 17th century; then, it has been done continually every year, from generation to generation up to recent days. It shows the interesting literary phenomenon that Murwakala which was rooted in Javanese culture can be understood and believed by not only Javanese but also other tribes in Indonesia. It is reasonable because Murwakala is assumed to show the Javanese local wisdom related to human existence and it is described through the characters of Murwakala . To find out this local wisdom, the writer used the theory of post-structuralism of narrative proposed by Jonathan Culler in which there are two steps of analyzing the narration. These steps are usually called double logic: by considering the text as a discourse and revealing the significance of the text based on the text’s thematic structure.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: Sukerta; Murwakala; Ruwatan; Local Wisdom
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200516 Indonesian Literature
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: Dr Siti Masitoh
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 09:48

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