The Importance of Laulu-Amarehet's Role as a Source of Local Wisdom in Simeulue Community


Local wisdom is the set of values or knowledge of a community used to regulate the day-to-day lives of its members. In the Simeulue community of Indonesia, many local wisdom cultures are still growing and developing today, one of which is the role of laulu-ammarehet. The role of the laulu-ammarehet is crucial at occasions such as birth, marriage, and death ceremonies in the Simeulue community. Thus, the current study explores the cultural value of local wisdom in the Simeulue community, and based on that, it aims to create a regional development policy for it. The study employed a qualitative approach using surveys. The study subjects comprised the local government, traditional leaders, and the people of Simeulue. Data were collected through in-depth interviews and analyzed qualitatively. The results showed that: (i) Laulu is a maternal uncle who plays an important role in selecting a bride for his nephew, this role differs from one sub-district to another in Simeulue; (ii) Amarehet is a paternal uncle who plays a crucial role in family events, this role differs from one sub-district to another in Simeulue; and (iii) the role of laulu-amarehet is extremely important at every occasion for families living in Simeulue community. The authors conclude that the role of laulu-Amarehet is an integral part of the Simeulue community, and that the role is important and must be maintained.

Keywords: laulu-amarehet, local wisdom

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