Tinjauan Etis-Teologis Terhadap Tradisi Belis Di Pulau Sumba Berdasarkan Konsep Mahar Dalam Alkitab

Ethical And Theological Analysis To The Belis Tradition In Sumba Based On Biblical Concept Of Dowry

Authors

  • Johanis Putratama Kamuri Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Reformed Injili Internasional dan Gereja Reformed Injili Indonesia
  • Grace Mariany Toumeluk Gereja Reformed Injili Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33550/sd.v8i1.191

Abstract

This paper is aimed to determine the appropriate Christian attitude towards the practice of belis (dowry) in Sumba Island. The biblical, anthropological, and sociological concepts of dowry are the conceptual framework for understanding and analyzing the concept of belis. Based on systematic reviews and asymmetric comparisons of the Sumbanese belis concepts and biblical concept of dowry, it is found that rejection of the practice of belis is unnecessary. Belis can be practiced by Sumbanese Christians with a critical attitude. The goal is the transformation of the belis culture. Transformation is achieved through several actions: doing belis principles that do not conflict with biblical principles; rejecting the principles that conflict with biblical principles; and avoiding the practices of belis which have been distorted by deviating motivations either from the biblical or the rights belis principles.

Keywords: Belis; Dowry; Marapu; Sumba; Cultural Transformation.

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Author Biographies

Johanis Putratama Kamuri, Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Reformed Injili Internasional dan Gereja Reformed Injili Indonesia

Lecture at the International Evangelical Reformed Theo logical College and ministers of the Synod of the Indonesian Evangelical Reformed Church (GRII). Since 2020 he has also taught Christianity at the University of Indonesia. He obtained his Theology Bachelor degree from the Institut Injil Indonesia, Batu, East Java in 2007. His Masters of Divinity (2012) and Masters of Theology (2014) were obtained from STT Reformed Injili International. In 2017 he obtained his Masters of Humanities (M.Hum) from the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. At present, he is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. He also pastors a congregation (MRII) in Depok, West Java. He can be reached at tama.kamuri@gmail.com.

Grace Mariany Toumeluk, Gereja Reformed Injili Indonesia

Minister of the Synod of the Indonesian Evangelical Reformed Church (GRII) who also has taught Christianity at the University of Indonesia since 2020. She obtained her bachelor's degree in theology in 2006 at the Indonesian Bible Institute. Her Masters of Divinity (2012) and Masters of Theology (2014) were obtained from STT Reformed Injili International. She is currently with her husband serving at Mimbar Reformed Injili Indonesia (MRII) Depok, West Java. She can be reached at grace.kamuri@gmail.com.

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Published

2021-04-26 — Updated on 2021-04-27

How to Cite

Kamuri, J. P., & Toumeluk, G. M. (2021). Tinjauan Etis-Teologis Terhadap Tradisi Belis Di Pulau Sumba Berdasarkan Konsep Mahar Dalam Alkitab: Ethical And Theological Analysis To The Belis Tradition In Sumba Based On Biblical Concept Of Dowry. Societas Dei: Jurnal Agama Dan Masyarakat, 8(1), 7–30. https://doi.org/10.33550/sd.v8i1.191