Vol 5, No 1 (2016)

Revealing the Mystery of Death in Adat: A Factual Study of Sudden Death in Kedang

Rofinus Pati (Prodi Agama dan Lintas Budaya (CRCS) Sekolah Pascasarjana, UGM)
Samsul Ma'arif ((SCOPUS ID: 56557131500
h-index: -) Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta)

Article Info

Publish Date
01 Jun 2016


This paper discusses the persisting Kedangese “indigenous religion” of Lembata. It begins with the discussion of a case of sudden death through which responses of the Kedangese are analyzed. Responses of Kedangese to the case of sudden death consist of ritual, consultation with ancestors, and animal sacrifice. The three kinds of responses show the characteristics of Kedangese worldview. Their worldview characterizes “inter-subjective” cosmology, an understanding that “subject” is not limited to human beings, but extends to non-human beings. Relations between the two are then “inter-subjective”, as opposed to “subject-object” relations. This paper finally argues that “inter-subjective” cosmology characterizes Kedangese indigenous religion, different from world religions.

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Social Sciences


Al-Albab ISSN 0216-6143 (print) and ISSN: 2502-8340 (online) is an interdisciplinary journal published twice a year in print and online (e-journal) by the Pontianak State Institute of Islamic Studies, Pontianak. The journal was offline and started to be online in 2012. The e-ISSN was issued in 2016. ...