Implication of taboo in formation of vernacular settlement patterns

Annisa Noor Khilmia Adkhanti, Evawani Ellisa

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Abstract

Taboo is a belief that lives in the mindset of a society. It develops from a cultural experience and is related to mystical things that often impose prohibitions. A village in Pulau Seram stands firm in the middle of society, inhabiting an area that begins to evolve into an urban area. The society's tradition lives throughout the village territory and strongly influences the villagers living space, making these villagers seem to be undisturbed by the modernization amid its existence. Take numa Posune-a place of seclusion for women on periods-as an example. Women in their period are considered impure to the villagers. This belief encourages a taboo to appear, as men are not allowed to make contact, both visual and physical, to period women; otherwise, the men will get sick. This shows how in society that still holds a strong tradition, taboo controls society's life until now. This paper discusses the settlement pattern formed as an effect of taboo and the role of taboo as social control in rural contexts. The method of this study was exploring Kampung Rohua's life directly and seeing the role of taboo towards Kampung Rohua. Taboo strongly characterized the settlement and the primary key of the spatial configuration. The organization of the community lives actively follow their fear of opposing the existing taboos. Taboo also affects society up to their daily activities, especially those that spatially related in the settlements. The findings show that taboo strongly influenced the formation of space in a traditional rural settlement, in this case, in Kampung Rohua.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRecent Progress on
Subtitle of host publicationEnergy, Communities and Cities - Proceedings of International Symposium on Sustainable and Clean Energy, ISSCE 2019: Quality in Research 2019
EditorsYuliusman Yuliusman, Cindy Dianita
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735419896
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2020
Event16th International Conference on Quality in Research, QiR 2019 - 2019 International Symposium on Sustainable and Clean Energy, ISSCE 2019 - Padang, Indonesia
Duration: 22 Jul 201924 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume2230
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

Conference16th International Conference on Quality in Research, QiR 2019 - 2019 International Symposium on Sustainable and Clean Energy, ISSCE 2019
CountryIndonesia
CityPadang
Period22/07/1924/07/19

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