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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Teeth Chiseling Tradition in Mentawai Island, Idonesia

Pointy teeth as a Symbol of beauty for Mentawai People

Definition of beauty may vary. If in West Africa, a woman with a black gums spelled gorgeous. pointy teeth became a symbol of beauty in some parts of Indonesia. Call it the Mentawai tribe in Sumatra.

The inland tribes inhabiting the four major islands of Sumatra, the Siberut, North Pagai, South Pagai, and Sipora. They generally live in villages located near river banks or beaches. In addition to the art of tattooing the body (commonly called titi), Mentawai tribe likes to sharpen dental practice to beautify the appearance, especially for the mayor's wife.

As the wife of the most powerful men in the village, the mayor's wife is required to perform this procedure. In addition to beautify themselves, sharpen teeth tradition meant to maintain the balance between body and soul.

"My wife asked me to do it and I'm sure she will look more beautiful," said one of the Mentawai village chief in National Geographic documentation.

Pilongi, the wife of the village chief, initially avoiding ritual sharpened teeth. However, in order to please her husband, she was then doing. Certainly there is a feeling of nervousness when they undergo the ritual. After seeing the results, Pilongi feel satisfied and not necessarily just forget the pain that she felt.

However, as well as other unique traditions in the world, ritual tattooing and sharpened teeth are now beginning to be abandoned by the Mentawai people. The influence of the outside world to be the main reason for the erosion of the ancestral culture of the Mentawai. Before extinct, let us preserve the heritage of this nation.

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Published by Gusti Putra at: 8:33 AM

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tradition Cut Finger in Papua, Indonesia

The ceremony cut a finger on the Dani Tribes, Papua
Anguish as had been abandoned by people who loved and lost one family member to evening. Tears and feelings of loss is so profound. Sometimes it took so long to return back pain of loss and not infrequently still imprint hearts.

Tradition Cut Finger in Papua
As with the central highlands of Papua society that symbolizes grief of losing a family member who died not only to weep alone. But there are traditions that are required when there are family members or close relatives such as husband, wife, father, mother, son and brother who died. Tradition is tradition that required cutting a finger. If we look at the tradition of cutting a finger in this tradition must have been present should not be done or perhaps tradition tradition is quite extreme. But for society central highlands of Papua, this tradition is an obligation that must be done. They assume that the cut finger is a symbol of pain and pain of someone who lost some members of his family.

Can be interpreted finger is a symbol of harmony, unity and strength in humans as well as a family. Although the naming of a human finger that is in the hands only mentions one family representative of Thumb. However, if the observed length of each difference in every shape and has a strength of unity and togetherness to relieve all human workload.Complementary to each other as a harmonization of living and life. If one is missing, then the component is lost and diminished the power of togetherness.

Other reasons are "Wene opakima dapulik welaikarek mekehasik" or basic guidelines to live together in one family, one family name / surname, one honai (home), one tribe, one ancestor, one language, one history / origins, and so on (Hisage , Julian Joli, 07:2005).Togetherness is very important for the people the central mountains of Papua. Only the remaining wounds and blood. Poignant, tender covering the atmosphere. Wound the hearts of the bereaved family members are recovering if the wound is healed and the finger does not hurt anymore. Maybe that's why the mountain communities of Papua cut finger when there are families who died.

One mother in Papua ever do traditional cut finger

According to information has grown, that cuts the finger is generally done by the mother.However, did not rule out the cutting is done by members of the family parent male or female. If the cases who died was the wife who has no parents, then the husband who bear them. As has been tercontoh the children of the nation's film titled "Denias, Senandung above the Clouds". Cutting finger also be interpreted as efforts to prevent return or rejection calamity that had claimed the lives of a family member.

Terkisah about trust cuts a finger so as not to repeat the disaster rejection perenggutan lives have been proven through a source that states that met a mother of the tribe Paniai monitor the central highlands of Papua tell you about a severed little finger not because of the death of a family, but being bitten by his biological mother at birth. Events pinkie cuts had to be done because earlier many new-born child died. With all the hope that the events experienced by other children do not happen to her biological mother then cut off his little finger with a bite to cut off his little finger. Sources said that it proved the mother of the tribe monitor that the meet has provided many grandchildren and great-grandson to his biological mother who bit his little finger to break up.

The tradition of cutting the fingers was also conducted by the Yakuza in Japan. This tradition comes from the bakuto the berartikan the gambler. Tradition called yubitsume cut finger. In contrast to the one in Papua cutting a finger as a rejection of the disaster that claimed the lives or the form of mourning for a family member died. However, yubitsume (cut finger) is done as a repentance atapun as a form of punishment. Initially yubitsume symbolic punishment, because the segment of the little finger is cut to make the owner's hand becomes more difficult to hold the sword firmly. It becomes a symbol of sincerity and obedience to the leader.

The tradition of cutting a finger in Papua done in various ways there are to use sharp objects like knives, axes or machetes. Other way that is binding on the finger with a rope to a long time, causing the blood flow stops and blood flow stops when the newly made cutting a finger.

In addition to the tradition of cutting your fingers, there is also a tradition that carried out the ceremony of mourning. Tradition is tradition of mud baths. Mud bath made by groups or members within a specified period. Mud bath has a connotation means any person who has died has returned kea lam. Humans started from the ground and back to the ground.

The tradition of cutting a finger at this time belom some sources suggesting that the ongoing tradition of cutting your fingers, but no source is also a mention of this tradition has become extinct and no longer done. Can be said to exist but are rarely encountered or may be due to the influence of religion began to develop in the vicinity of the central highlands of Papua.

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Published by Gusti Putra at: 2:13 PM