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Preservation of Mabedda Bola ritual as sustainable tradition of hand stencil on prehistoric cave in South Sulawesi, Indonesia

Permana, R. Cecep Eka (2014) Preservation of Mabedda Bola ritual as sustainable tradition of hand stencil on prehistoric cave in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. In: 23rd International Conference of Historians of Asia 2014 (IAHA2014), 23 - 27 August 2014, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.

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Mabedda Bola is a traditional ceremony ritual in the community of Bugis-Makassar, South Sulawesi (Indonesia) that is related with new house occupying.The important part of the activity is that makes the applying of the handprint on the poles of the new house.The colour of the handprint is yellowish white, produced from the mixture of rice flour, turmeric, and water.The handprint stamping on the polesis thought to have has the function as evil-power and misfortune repellent. This cultural practice is assumed as the continuation of making hand-stencils that are found in prehistoric caves in South Sulawesi.Not like the colour of handprint in the mabedda bola, handprints or hand-stencils prehistoric caves are usually using red or brown colour.But on the other hand they may have the similar function as misfortune repellent like worldwide researches revealed.Prehistoric cave that are rich with handprints (hand-stencils) are found in Maros-Pangkep Regency, which is also include within the culture area of the Bugis-Makassar people. Similarities in form, function, and culture area are important in cultural studies, in order to understand the cultural history from the prehistoric time to the present.Therefore, the preservation of the mabedda bola ceremony is absolutely needed not only in order to preserve cultural values itself but as prehistoric archaeology studies reference as well.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN 978-967-0474-76-2 Organized by: Universiti Utara Malaysia and Malaysian Historical Society (Persatuan Sejarah Malaysia)
Uncontrolled Keywords: mabedda bola, Bugis-Makassar, hand stencil, cultural sustainability
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Divisions: School of International Studies
Depositing User: Mrs. Norazmilah Yaakub
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2015 07:19
Last Modified: 24 May 2016 06:20

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