Tabot Culture: Local Wisdom of the Bengkulu Community and Effort to Preserve it

Widanita Widanita, Risma Margaretha Sinaga, Muhammad Mona Adha


This study aims to analyze and describe the values of local wisdom in the Tabot culture in the community, as well as efforts to preserve the values contained in the Tabot culture. This study uses a qualitative approach. Data collection techniques using interviews, observation, and documentation. The data analysis technique uses an interactive pattern of Miles and Huberman data. The results of this study indicate that the form of local wisdom of the Tabot culture consists of local wisdom in the form of musical instruments used in the Tabot ceremony, traditional clothing, and the local language used as well as food and drinks. While local wisdom is intangible in the form of values contained in the Tabot ceremony, including the prayer of salvation which contains the meaning to always remember Allah SWT, asking for the safety of the hereafter, and safety during the implementation of the Tabot ritual. Efforts to preserve Tabot culture are influenced by several inhibiting berdoas, including the lack of support from the local government, negative perceptions of non-Tabot communities towards Tabot culture, conflicts among Tabot family members, and the values contained in each Tabot ritual are less socialized. As for the supporting berdoas in general, there is sosial support from several parties, namely support from the descendants of the Tabot family, support from the community, and support from art studios in Bengkulu.


Local Wisdom; Tabot Culture; Cultural Preservation

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