The Symbolic Meanings of Toraja Carving Motifs

Salam, Sofyan and Husain, Muhammad Saleh and Tangsi, Tangsi (2017) The Symbolic Meanings of Toraja Carving Motifs. PANGGUNG, 27 (3). pp. 284-292. ISSN 0854-3429

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This study was conducted in a traditional wood-carver community at Tonga, Kesu District of North-Toraja Regency. The research question is: “how far do the traditional wood-carvers at Tonga, Kesu District of North-Toraja Regency understand the symbolic meaning of the Toraja ornamental-designs?” This research question was stimulated by the fact that, nowadays, there are no more wood-carver teachers with tomanarang status (expert in Toraja culture) at Tonga and surrounding areas as there were happened in the past. The research data come from interviews conducted with the traditional wood-carvers at Tonga. The conclusion of the research is the traditional wood-carvers at Tonga have a meager understanding on the symbolic meaning of the Toraja ornamental-designs. This lack of understanding is caused by the traditional wood-carvers’ view that it is not neccessary to understand the symbolic meaning of the toraja ornamental designs. For them, technical skills in wood-carving are more important to be mastered. The results of the research indicate the occurence of value orientation changes of Toraja wood-carvers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: FAKULTAS SENI DAN DESAIN > Pendidikan seni Rupa
Divisions: FAKULTAS SENI DAN DESAIN
Depositing User: Prof. Ph.D Sofyan Salam
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2019 03:20
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2019 03:20
URI: http://eprints.unm.ac.id/id/eprint/12842

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