The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Ritual of Marapu in West Sumba: Funeral Ceremony
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- pandemic; COVID-19; Marapu; funeral service; West Sumba
Marapu is an original belief of Sumbanese in East Nusa Tenggara, who believes in a connection between ancestors and reality. Marapu Funeral ceremonies involve Kedde, that is when family come to the funeral and bring buffalo or pig, as a form to honour the deceased. Those animals will be slaughtered as sacrifice to the ancestors. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is hampering activities that attract crowds. “PSBB” as known as Large-Scale Social Restriction is a policy by the government that requires the community to conduct social distancing. As an event attended by many people, the continuation of the ritual is threatened. Thus, this study aims to look at the impact of the pandemic on Kedde, as one of the cultural heritage of Sumba. The research method used in this article is semi-ethnographic qualitative by Creswell using The Circuit of Culture by Stuart Hall and is supported by interviews with local people and health workers in Sumba. Furthermore, this research will show how the Marapu tradition deals with government regulations in terms of health protocols. This research will be an input to the response of local people when facing a pandemic as well as explaining the compromise by the Sumbanese.
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TY - CONF AU - Revinda Syahniza Renata AU - Diah Kartini Lasman PY - 2021 DA - 2021/11/21 TI - The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Ritual of Marapu in West Sumba: Funeral Ceremony BT - Proceedings of the International University Symposium on Humanities and Arts 2020 (INUSHARTS 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 236 EP - 241 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211110.035 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211110.035 ID - Renata2021 ER -