The meaning of Nglungsur ritual in term of hermeneutic perspective

Sugiyanto, H. Siahaan, N. Anoegrajekti

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The Using indigenous people in Glagah District, Banyuwangi Regency are colored by a cultural environment with various rituals, one of which is the Seblang Adat ritual. The Seblang traditional rituals are full of magical and mystical nuances as a form of respect for the spirits of their ancestors. The Seblang traditional art in Olehsari village is held continuously. The performance is held once a year, namely on Eid al-Fitr in the village of Olehsari since around 1930. The series of Seblang ritual events in the village of Olehsari start from determining the day of the performance and the dancers, based on the instructions of the occult spirit, then the ritual at Buyut Ketut's grave, congratulations on at night before the ritual performance of Seblang to ider Bumi, it is closed with the Nglungsur ritual which is carried out by the relatives of the Seblang traditional ritual practitioners. An interesting issue arises to be raised in scientific publications, namely what is the meaning of the nglungsur ritual to release the spirit for the Seblang traditional ritual practitioners? In analyzing the problem, hermeneutic theory is used. The problem of applying hermeneutics is divided in two ways: a distinction is made between the substance of intelligence (understanding) and sustiliasexplicandi (application). Hermeneutic's task is to adapt the meaning of a text to the concrete situations in which it speaks. Gadamer formulated two forms of understanding, namely understanding the truth content (Turtth content) and understanding the intention (intention). Understanding of the content understands the meaning contained in the proposition and the substance of the text material. Understanding the intention means understanding the conditions or situations behind the phenomenon or text. It is this understanding of this second aspect that later became Gadamer's attention as an awareness of historical understanding. The research method used, namely observation, interviews, documentation. With the hope of understanding directly themeaning of the nglungsur ritual in the life of the Using people.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012076
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2021
Event3rd International Conference on Environmental Geography and Geography Education, ICEGE 2020 - East Java, Indonesia
Duration: 12 Sept 2020 → …


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