First International Conference on Advances in Education, Humanities, and Language, ICEL 2019, Malang, Indonesia, 23-24 March 2019

Research Article

Ruwatan Ritual of Dreadlocks Haircut: Negotiation Between Cultural Identity and Cultural Innovation in Contemporary Dieng Plateau Community

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.23-3-2019.2284905,
        author={A  Luthfi and K B Prasetyo and N  Fatimah and E  Pularsih},
        title={Ruwatan Ritual of Dreadlocks Haircut:  Negotiation Between Cultural Identity and Cultural Innovation in Contemporary Dieng Plateau Community },
        proceedings={First International Conference on Advances in Education, Humanities, and Language, ICEL 2019, Malang, Indonesia, 23-24 March 2019},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICEL},
        year={2019},
        month={7},
        keywords={cultural identity cultural innovation dreadlocks haircut ritual},
        doi={10.4108/eai.23-3-2019.2284905}
    }
    
  • A Luthfi
    K B Prasetyo
    N Fatimah
    E Pularsih
    Year: 2019
    Ruwatan Ritual of Dreadlocks Haircut: Negotiation Between Cultural Identity and Cultural Innovation in Contemporary Dieng Plateau Community
    ICEL
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.23-3-2019.2284905
A Luthfi1,*, K B Prasetyo1, N Fatimah1, E Pularsih2
  • 1: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Universitas Negeri Semarang
  • 2: SMA Takhassus al Qur’an, Wonosobo
*Contact email: asma_luthfi@mail.unnes.ac.id

Abstract

This Dieng Plateau Society is a community group in Central Java that has a belief about the existence of dreadlocked children as Descendants of Kyai Kolodete. Ruwatan ritual of dreadlocks haircut individual are rituals that are performed to keep the dreadlocked children from the influence of evil spirits. In the past, this ritual was matched to the children's weton. But nowadays, the dreadlocks haircut are integrated into the annual cultural festival of Wonosobo Regency, Carried out communally and no longer based on the children's weton. This study aims to explain the struggle between cultural identity contested by local people and cultural innovation initiated by local Governments in order to promote the cultural tourism in Wonosobo Regency. The results of the study show that: (1) the beliefs of the Dieng Plateau community about mythic elements from dreadlocked children are still strongly embraced even though the procession of ruwatan ritual of dreadlocks haircut has been changed due to adaptation for tourism interests. (2) Cultural identities and cultural innovations in the ritual of dreadlocks haircut ruwatan communally involve; different actors and different orientations so that both can be done According to Reviews their own interests. (3) The existence of cultural innovation brings changes slowly to the perspective and behavior of the community about the existence of rituals roomates are no longer Merely sacred dimensions.