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Indonesian Journal of Social Sciences

ISSN 1978-760X

Vol. 1 / No. 1 / Published : 2009-01

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Original Article :

Minangkabau oral literature in the post orde baru era

Author :

  1. Mina Elfira*1

Abstract :

Minangkabau women, symbolized as limpapeh Minang (the central pillars of Minangkabau) havea privileged status and play significant roles in their community. However, the interpretation andthe practice of the matrilineal adat has been very much influenced by changing political andsocial conditions. This paper contributes a discussion about how literature ha s been used andregarded as one historical source in search of local identity. This analyzes KCM, commonly usedby Minangkabaus as a source of adat--a collective term for Minangkabau laws and customs. It isevident that there is a tendency among Minangkaba u people to return to their oral literature as oneof the main sources. Political situation is one of the influential factors in making oral literature,such as KCM, once again, playing an active role in contemporary Minangkabau society after theimplementation of autonomy laws. The dual function of Minangkabau oral literature withinMinangkabau society, may contribute to the discussion of redefining of the concept of literaturewithin global context.

Keyword :

adat, Kaba Cinduo Mato, law, custom, contemporer.,

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