Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 122

Article in Press

Reading Signs in Culture:Local Wisdom of Javanese Tradition

Edy Tri Sulistyo

  •  Received: 12 July 2018
  •  Accepted: 29 August 2018
Javanese as one of the tribes in Indonesia has various types of symbols. Symbols that exist in the Javanese culture reflect a variety and type according to geographical location. In this case the author discusses the existing various symbols in the Javanese community as a repertoire of local wisdom of the communities. This article argues that conceptually, symbols represent the mindset of Javanese society. This study uses an ethnographic approach, since the object examines the culture and traditions of Javanese society, which theoretically employs Semiotics theory in addition to using the analysis techniques developed by Spradley (1980). Semiotic studies on cultural symbols of Javanese society are summarized in the habits, rituals and lifestyles of the society that reflect their main unit of the ritual context embodied within the religious teachings and ancestors, ethical values, and norms prevailing in society along with implications. Signs are transmitted through cultural attributes to supporters and communities of Javanese traditions are oriented to be a role model for them from generation to generation so that life is more orderly and harmonious.

Keywords: Javanese; culture; rituals; local wisdom; sign; semiotics