Acehnese Local Wisdom Through the Lens of Acehnese Novelists During the Times of Political Conflict and Peace Agreement

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Keywords: Acehnese, Culture, Local Wisdom, Novelist, Novel

Abstract

Acehnese novelists have a role in expressing and preserving the socio-cultural conditions of the Acehnese people in Aceh, Indonesia, especially regarding the points of local wisdom in their works. This study deals with local wisdom as reflected in the novels by Acehnese novelists from 2005 to 2011, the times in which the Acehnese people endured the political conflict and peace agreement with the Indonesian government. It covers the aspects of forms and use of local wisdom embedded within the novels as narrated by the Acehnese authors in these rough times. It employed the qualitative-analytical method and content analysis technique. A number of nine selected novels written by Acehnese novelists and published between the years 2005-2011 were chosen for data analysis. The results showed that the local wisdom in the novels was categorized into four themes: (1) belief in myths, (2) preservation of historical values, (3) safeguarding traditional houses, and (4) the practice of greetings and nobility. This study has revealed the local wisdom believed and practiced by the Acehnese society through the novels. They take part in shaping the direction of society's life. These pearls of wisdom cover all sides of life to support a strong and bonded society.

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Wildan Wildan, Department of Indonesian Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Aceh 23111

WILDAN is a lecturer at the Department of Indonesia Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala. His Bachelor's degree is in Indonesian Education, which she received in 1986 from Universitas Syiah Kuala. He completed his Master's in 1992 at IKIP Graduate Program Bandung and his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaya, Malaysia. Currently, he is given additional assignments as ISBI ACEH chancellor. His research interests are in literature, especially in the study of novels.

Yunisrina Qismullah Yusuf, Department of English Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Aceh 23111

YUNISRINA QISMULLAH YUSUF  is a Professor at the Department of English Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala. Her Bachelor's degree is in English Education, which she received in 2002 from Universitas Syiah Kuala. She completed her Master's in Linguistics in 2006 and Ph.D. in Phonology in 2013, both from the Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. Her articles have appeared in a number of reputable journals such as Language & Linguistics, Language & Communication, Language Sciences, Sage Open, Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, among others. She also acts as a reviewer to a number of national and international journals. She is currently the editor-in-chief of Studies in English Language and Education journal. This is the first journal at Universitas Syiah Kuala to be indexed in Scopus. Her research interests are in the field of linguistics, English education, and literature.

Budi Arianto, Department of Indonesian Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Aceh 23111

BUDI ARIANTO is a lecturer at the Department of Indonesia Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala. His Bachelor's degree is in Indonesian Education, which she received in 1999 from Universitas Syiah Kuala. He completed his Master's in at Universitas Gadjah Mada and Doctoral program  in 2021 from the Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta. He is active as an environmental activist and indigenous people movement. Previously served as head of division. Strengthening People's Organizations at Eknas WALHI, Jakarta (1999-2004), Secpel of Aceh's Indigenous Community Network (JKMA) (2005-2007), Head of Aceh JKMA Bapel (2007-2013), Aceh JKMA Expert Council (2014-Present). His research interests are in the field of literature, especially in the study of novels.

Rajab Bahry, Department of English Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala, Aceh 23111

RAJAB BAHRY, a lecturer at the Department of Indonesia Education, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Syiah Kuala. His Bachelor's degree is in Indonesian Education, which she received in 1983 from Universitas Syiah Kuala. He completed his Master's in 1987 at IKIP Bandung and Doctoral program in 2000 from the Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. Since 2012 was assigned as Head of Prodi Magister of Indonesian Language and Literature Education PPs Unsyiah. The field of study that was cultivated was reading especially the field of habit and reading interest. The popular art field is the traditional Gayo dance of Saman Dance and has been a Saman dancer since 1975-until 2012. The scientific work that has been produced is Gayo-Indonesia Language Dictionary (published 2011) and Saman, Art from Gayo Land (published 2014) and Gayo Grammar (plan published 2015).

 

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Published
2023-05-29
How to Cite
Wildan, W., Yusuf, Y. Q., Arianto, B., & Bahry, R. (2023). Acehnese Local Wisdom Through the Lens of Acehnese Novelists During the Times of Political Conflict and Peace Agreement. OKARA: Jurnal Bahasa Dan Sastra, 17(1), 51-68. https://doi.org/10.19105/ojbs.v17i1.8558