Practicing Lore Within a Modern Society: Visiting the Mitigation Effort of the People of Mt. Kelud


As one of the active volcanoes classified in the 'Ring of Fire' in Indonesia, Mt. Kelud is inseparable from the danger of eruption. From the outsider's view point, the devastating impact of the eruption upon the people living around the slope of the mountain seems as life-threatening. Kelud inhabitants, however, regard this repercussion in different way. They own traditional ideas, values, and beliefs in facing natural disaster which are customarily manifested in communal ritual and everyday life. For this reason, this paper attempts to dismantle the result of the ethnographic study on lore preserved and followed by the traditional people inhabited the area near Mt. Kelud. Though ritual is frequently perceived as a static activity because it is typically repeated and recognizable, it dynamically changes overtimes. Inevitably, it is open for great challenges caused by the infusion of religious dogma as well as other modern concepts. Nonetheless, the thorough fieldwork done in almost a year found that Kelud folks can employ the lore wisely in any condition, that renders them to be able to live side by side with an active volcano. By applying their lore, they learn how to respect nature and get familiarized with danger, which substitutes for a mitigation effort to lessen casualties of the volcano eruption.

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Sri Herminingrum, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia

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Conference: ACCS2016
Stream: Cultural Geography

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