Vol 3 No 2 (2020): Salasika (Indonesian Journal of Gender, Women, Child, and Social Inclusion's Stud

Female Spellcasters: Mandar Women Existence in Mantra

Zuhriah (STIT Al-Chaeriyah, Mulawarman University)
Andi Wahyu Irawan (PS-PPKn FKIP Mulawarman University)

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23 Dec 2020


Mantra is a series of words in the form of chanting prayers and hopes containing supernatural powers used to achieve certain goals. It is considered a part of the literary work of culture and presents in various aspects of life. In Mandar, mantras are often said by spellcasters. This study tried to narrate the role of women who cast a spell (positive) in preserving the ritual traditions of religion and culture in their daily lives and their existence as spellcasters. The research adopted the ethnography method. Data were obtained through interviews, discussions, observation, participation, and documentation in the form of notes, amulets, ancient manuscripts, photographs, and some other supporting data. The research was conducted in Polewali Mandar, WestSulawesi, where many women are part of society who are still chanting spells both orally and in writing. The results showed that mantras preserve their existence as they are passed down from generation to generation to formulate the future identity of the Mandar tribe.

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The focus of this journal publication is to spread the conceptual thinking or ideas and results of research that have been achieved in the fields of Gender, Women, Child, and Social Inclusion Studies. SALASIKA aims to provide academic literature which is accessible across disciplines, but also to a ...