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Ranah minang: the changing conception of a traditional minangkabau homeland

Fanany, Ismet 2005, Ranah minang: the changing conception of a traditional minangkabau homeland, Australian folklore, vol. 20, pp. 37-50.

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Title Ranah minang: the changing conception of a traditional minangkabau homeland
Author(s) Fanany, Ismet
Journal name Australian folklore
Volume number 20
Start page 37
End page 50
Publisher University of New England
Place of publication Armidale, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0819-0852
Summary The Minangkabau people of West Sumatra, Indonesia, view the physical world as having two distinct components, Ranah Minang (which is itself further divided) and the rantau. Ranah Minang is the traditional, ancient homeland of the group, while the rantau is everything beyond the boundaries of their ancestral lands. This distinction is institutionalised in the folklore of the group and serves as a characterizing dichotomy in their worldview. Even today, when the outlines of the ancestral home are indistinct and the region has been overlaid with the modern administrative structure of modern Indonesia, the distinction between Ranah Minang and the rantau remains strong in societal perceptions and occurs repeatedly, not just in traditional folklore, but in modern expressions of traditional culture. This paper will describe the spatial division of territory in Minangkabau culture as it exists in the folklore of the group and will discuss the ways in which this traditional perception is manifested in modern society. Further, it will discuss the changing nature of the conception of Ranah Minang with respect to the physical landscape as well as to the institutions and structures of society.
Language eng
Field of Research 200313 Indonesian Languages
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003452

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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