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The Symbolic Communication of the Ukuwala Mahiate Ritual of the Indigenous Peoples of Mamala, Moluccas, Indonesia

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Ukuwala Mahiate, an integral part of the rituals of the Indigenous peoples of Mamala, Moluccas, Indonesia, is considered a fusion of Islamic teachings with the local wisdom of Indigenous peoples that comprises ritual elements ranging from tools such as palm sticks and coconut oil to more complex elements. This research is focused on the communication process of the Indigenous peoples who consider Ukuwala Mahiate as their ritual. Through a subjective interpretive method with an ethnographic communication approach, the rituals of the Indigenous peoples who undertook the construction of their own symbols against Ukuwala Mahiate and are considered to have their own meaning, including the meaning of the offering, appeals, and hope, are investigated. The meaning is generated by a communication process of interpreting the rituals of using palm sugar and medicinal oil to express appeals and hope, communication actions, and the treatment of ritual participants, especially those participating in Ukuwala Mahiate.

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Sulaeman, S., Rijal, M., Malawat, M. et al. The Symbolic Communication of the Ukuwala Mahiate Ritual of the Indigenous Peoples of Mamala, Moluccas, Indonesia. Int. Migration & Integration (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-019-00753-1

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Keywords

  • Ukuwala Mahiate
  • Ritual communication
  • Symbolic interactionist perspective