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IJSSH 2020 Vol.10(2): 42-45 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2020.V10.1011

Teaching Multiculturalism on the Grass Root Society: An Experience from Sunda Wiwitan Community in West Java, Indonesia

Rakhmat Hidayat, Eko Siswono, and M. Hasmi Yanuardi
Abstract—Sunda Wiwitan is one of the indigenous religions in Indonesia. As a minority religion in the society, they built the social interaction with another religion community such as Islam as the majority community in Indonesia and also the Christian community. They becomes a part of the diverse communities. However, as an indigenous community they always negotiates cultural diversities with the state and other societies. This paper aims to discuss how the teaching multiculturalism based on experience the Sunda Wiwitan community as an output of negotiation of cultural diversity and what the basic philosophy of multiculturalism from the Sunda Wiwitan community is? This study was conducted in Cigugur village (Kuningan Regency) and Susuru hamlet (Ciamis Regency).The research use qualitative method. The data were gathered through in-depth interviews, observation and library research. The conclusion of research draws there are historical influences guiding their interaction as well as their behavior in society. Their ancestors teach the followers with the basic philosophy called sawarga which means family. The multiculturalism they have practiced since long ago integrates elements of the local beliefs inherited by their ancestors. Teaching diversity students in the school gave the insight and basic values regarding the social tolerance.

Index Terms—Multiculturalism, education, cultural diversity, indigenous, minority, Sunda Wiwitan.

The authors are with the State University of Jakarta, Jalan Rawamangun Muka, Jakarta Timur 13220, Indonesia (e-mail: hidayat@unj.ac.id, esiswono@unj.ac.id, mhasmiyanuardi@unj.ac.id).

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Cite: Rakhmat Hidayat, Eko Siswono, and M. Hasmi Yanuardi, "Teaching Multiculturalism on the Grass Root Society: An Experience from Sunda Wiwitan Community in West Java, Indonesia," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 42-45, 2020.

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