Author

Aida Alias

Publication Date

1991

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Merritt, Helen

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of Art

LCSH

Toraja (Indonesian people)--Dwellings||Toba-Batak (Indonesian people)--Dwellings||Minangkabau (Indonesian people)--Dwellings||Architecture, Domestic--Indonesia||Indonesia--Civilization||Indonesia--Religion

Abstract

This study discusses the architectural structures and decorative motifs of three Indonesian curved ridgepole type houses of the Sa'dan Toraja of Sulawesi, and the Toba Batak and Minangkabau of Sumatra. The three types of houses are examined with regard to the physical description of each, the decorative features, and the symbolism of the houses. All of these are related to the religious beliefs of the people, especially beliefs associated with the cosmos. As evidenced from the study, the three houses share a common ancestry, yet have evolved through time and changed in meaning due to external influences. The basic structures of the Sa'dan Toraja and the Toba Batak houses still maintain their relation to the cosmos. The structures of the Minangkabau house were probably related to the cosmos in early times but such associations have now been forgotten. The predominant ornaments and motifs which are associated with fertility are shared by the three cultural groups. Plant forms are used by all three groups but enjoy special importance in the Minangkabau houses because of their respect and admiration for nature.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references (pages [131]-135)

Extent

xii, 135 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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