CRCS&ICRS Wednesday Forum: “Marapu, Alam dan Bencana Alam”

Kami mengundang mahasiswa CRCS dan ICRS, fakultas dan rekan-rekan lainnya untuk berpartisipasi dalam CRCS & ICRS Wednesday Forum minggu ini. Forum kali ini akan menghadirkan Jimmy Marcos Immanuel sebagai pembicara, yang akan berbicara tentang “Marapu, Alam dan Bencana Alam”. Informasi mengenai forum ini dapat dibaca di bawah ini.

Hari/tanggal: Rabu, 10 Maret 2010
Waktu: 12.30 – 14.30 WIB (gratis makan siang)
Tempat: Ruang 306, UGM Sekolah Pascasarjana Jln. Teknika Utara Pogung
Pembicara: Jimmy Marcos Immanuel, S.Si-Teol.


Over the past two decades there have been several ecological phenomena in East Sumba such as locust pest/Locusta Migratoria Manilensis (1998-2005), Tai Kabala grass/Chromolina odorata (2006), whirlwind (2007), earthquakes (2007 and 2009), famine (2007), and barrenness or drought (every year). These events are categorized as natural disasters according to several scholars’ definitions (Mohhammer H.I. Dore dan David Edkin, 2003) and also according to the Indonesian government’s policy on natural disaster (Undang-Undang Republik Indonesia Nomor 24 Tahun 2007 Tentang Penanggulangan Bencana/ Law of Republic of Indonesia Number 24 / 2007 about Disaster Management).

Wunga village, deemed to be the place the Sumbanese ancestors arrived at when they first came to Sumba, was also affected by the disasters mentioned, and was hit especially hard. By using ethno-ecology approach, the present research found that Wunga people, who are 85,4% Marapu (the local religion in Sumba) followers, have created their own meanings (based on Emic view) for natural disasters that differ from the views of scholars and from the Indonesian government’s policy as the global perspective. This difference stems from the creation by the Wunga people of their own taxonomies and perspectives on their ecology. This paper aims to answer questions about how the Marapu followers in Wunga village view their own vulnerable ecology, what meanings and behavioral responses the Marapu followers in Wunga village ascribe to natural disasters, and the factors that contribute to the formation of these meanings and behaviors.

This research was funded by Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies through Competitive Research Grant “Interpretations and Responses on Natural Disaster: The Integrative Studies of Science, Religion and Culture”? in 2009.


Forum ini terbuka untuk umum, dan tidak memungut biaya apapun.

Sekilas Tentang Pembicara:

Jimmy Marcos Immanuel adalah mahasiswa pascasarjana di CRCS.

Kontak Kami:

Elis Z. Anis (ICRS):,; Lina Pary (CRCS):; Maria Ingrid (CRCS/ICRS):


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