Proceedings of the 1st Seminar and Workshop on Research Design, for Education, Social Science, Arts, and Humanities, SEWORD FRESSH 2019, April 27 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

Amulet Development: Wifiq "Darkah Ya Ahlal Medina" from Magical Content to Visual Performance

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.27-4-2019.2286875,
        author={Muhammad As‘ad Kholili and Nanang  Rizali and Setyo  Budi},
        title={Amulet Development: Wifiq "Darkah Ya Ahlal Medina" from Magical Content to Visual Performance},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st Seminar and Workshop on Research Design, for Education, Social Science, Arts, and Humanities, SEWORD FRESSH 2019, April 27 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={SEWORD FRESSH},
        year={2019},
        month={9},
        keywords={amulet wifiq commodification magical thinking},
        doi={10.4108/eai.27-4-2019.2286875}
    }
    
  • Muhammad As‘ad Kholili
    Nanang Rizali
    Setyo Budi
    Year: 2019
    Amulet Development: Wifiq "Darkah Ya Ahlal Medina" from Magical Content to Visual Performance
    SEWORD FRESSH
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.27-4-2019.2286875
Muhammad As‘ad Kholili1,*, Nanang Rizali1, Setyo Budi1
  • 1: Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia
*Contact email: asad@student.uns.ac.id

Abstract

Some Indonesian people still believe that the amulet is a media that can protect them from evil. There are several types of amulets, one of them is wifiq. Which is the amulet in form of written and in Javanese it can be known as Rajah. Wifiqs is still used by santris as the way to seek refuge from their God. One of the wifiqs that they are widely used is wifiq "darkah ya ahlal medina". However, at this time there is a change in the function of wifiq. Which used to be very sacred but now wifiq can turn into something that is no longer sacred (profane). The phenomenon of the change in this function causes the tranformation of wifiq towards commodification. This study uses qualitative descriptive method and supported by Emile Durkheim's theory of functionalism. This transformation caused by the changes of the magical thinking in Javanese. The results of this study will open people's minds of the magical object can change into an object that has a consumptive function.