Indonesian Literature and Traditional Knowledge: Interdisciplinary Perspective

Anas Ahmadi, Bambang Yulianto


This research explained Indonesian literature in traditional knowledge perspective in narative form. This research used Indonesian novels which have traditional knowledge as data source. This studies used qualitative method with descriptive techniques (words, phrases, and sentences). The result showed that there are two segments of traditional knowledge in Indonesian literature. First, traditional knowledge about boat intricacies (boat history, how to make boat, and tree types for boat). Second, traditional knowledge about mushrooms (mushroom history, treatment using mushroom, and mushroom as gods). These showed that Indonesian literature is like other universal literature that raises traditional knowledge as an alternative knowledge for modern society.


Traditional Knowledge; Literature; Ecology

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