Transformation of traditional ceremony as rational choice

A case study of Toraja society in Indonesia

Hasbi, D. A.T. Pulubuhu, M. Arsyad, Puay Liu Ong

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Every ethnicity around the world has a different tradition of funeral ceremony. One of these in Indonesia is called rambu solo' performed by Torajan people in Toraja (or Tana Toraja). Rambu solo' is a traditional funeral ceremony, which aims to respect the spirits in returning to the immortality life with their ancestors. This study thus aims to understand the motives and the decision making process with regards to the chosen form of the rambu solo' ceremony from the rational choice perspective. The study adopts the qualitative approach. Data was collected through indepth interviews and field observations, as well as documentation related with the traditions and culture of Toraja community. The research findings indicate that the motives for social status value did not reflect rational choice. Nevertheless, these factors social status value is the most cited reason why informants chose a certain form of rambu solo' ceremony. On the other hand, it was found that economic motive reflects rational choice. It was, however, the least cited factor by informants on why they chose a certain form of rambu solo' ceremony.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012036
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Volume235
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2019
Event1st International Conference on Global Issue for Infrastructure, Environment and Socio-Economic Development, IC-GIESED 2018 - Makassar, Indonesia
Duration: 30 Aug 20181 Sep 2018

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Transformation of traditional ceremony as rational choice : A case study of Toraja society in Indonesia. / Hasbi; Pulubuhu, D. A.T.; Arsyad, M.; Ong, Puay Liu.

In: IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Vol. 235, No. 1, 012036, 21.02.2019.

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