Polahi Tribe Inbreeding Culture in Gorontalo

Apris Ara Tilome, Ramlah Al-Katiri


The Polahi tribe, a primitive tribe in the interior of Gorontalo that has a culture of inbreeding, or incest marriage system that is genetically dangerous for offspring born. They are accustomed to having a inbreeding system where this marriage allows each family member to be free to marry a fellow family member who has blood ties. This marriage system has been going on for a long time since the Dutch colonial era. And even though it is considered unusual or even strange, but that culture still exists today and may remain, as long as there has not been a change in the mindset of the people. In this study the method used is normative approach, namely by using data such as books, literature, articles and newspapers, and describes the data obtained then analyzed. This study tries to explore deeper about the inbreeding system that has been carried down from generation to generation by the Polahi tribe, looking at the culture of inbreeding, then being associated with different aspects and perspectives, both from the aspects of religion, law and law, health, social and cultural. From the results of the study that incest marriage for the tribe of Polahi is not due to customs, but understanding and knowledge is very lacking, even barely knowing anything about the association of fellow groups, so they do inbreeding among themselves. 


The Meaning of Blood Marriage; Incest; Culture; Polahi Tribe

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18415/ijmmu.v6i6.1228


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