Si tanggang moden dan perubahan makna dalam cerita bermotifkan anak derhaka

Translated title of the contribution: The modern tanggang and the change of meaning in the tales of the ungrateful son

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This article discusses ‘the ungrateful son’ motif in Malay folk literature in the contemporary Malay society. Stories of ‘the ungrateful son’ has its roots in the Malay folk literature and is considered to be a typical Malay motif. Most Malay sub-ethnic groups in the Archipelago have their own versions of the trope such as Si Tanggang, Malim Kundang and Nakhoda Manis. Due to their deep-seated popularity among the Malays, rebellious and ungrateful children are often compared to characters like Si Tanggang, Malim Kundang and Nakhoda Manis, all of whom were accordingly cursed and turned to human-shaped rocks. It is unfortunate that in our social context today, such tales have lost their purpose as a device for social and moral control. It is common today to hear parents being abuse by their own children, inflicting upon them both psychical and mental traumas. Some parents are left unattended whilst others were forced to be sent to elderly homes. These scenarios show that there is a change in meaning and how society define motif of ‘the ungrateful son’ despite arguably society nowadays are seen exposed to more religious education. This raises the question whether the society have lost their sense of humanity. It also questions whether the folkloric tales have lost their didactic roles in educating the younger people to learn about respect and appreciation towards elder generation, particularly their own parents.

Original languageMalay
Pages (from-to)247-261
Number of pages15
JournalJurnal Komunikasi: Malaysian Journal of Communication
Volume31
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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