Spiritualitas untuk Rekonstruksi Diri Masyarakat Korban Merapi: Agency dan Survival Strategy dalam Merespon Bencana

Friday, May 6th, 2011, 00:00 WIB

 In the context of actual society, modernity is often seen as an entity which has legitimacy upon dominant culture. Both local and traditional perspectives are often taken for granted in the solving method of social and cultural problems. Upon the issue of disaster, the fact shows that most of the methods of the solvency towards spiritual issue are temporary. This spiritual issue is related to the psychological ability in dealing with depression, stress and mental and emotional disturbance caused by particular outbreak and those who have lost all of their belongings usually get spiritual support from various parties.

 

Spiritualitas untuk Rekonstruksi Diri Masyarakat Korban Merapi: Agency dan Survival Strategy dalam Merespon Bencana

Researcher: Dr. Wening Udasmoro, Core Doctoral Faculty, ICRS-Yogya

In the context of actual society, modernity is often seen as an entity which has legitimacy upon dominant culture. Both local and traditional perspectives are often taken for granted in the solving method of social and cultural problems. Upon the issue of disaster, the fact shows that most of the methods of the solvency towards spiritual issue are temporary. This spiritual issue is related to the psychological ability in dealing with depression, stress and mental and emotional disturbance caused by particular outbreak and those who have lost all of their belongings usually get spiritual support from various parties. However, when the funders no longer continue their program -which usually last for one up to three months- due to financial limitation, the victims actually stand on their own to seek for solutions on their spiritual problems in order to survive in deterioration. From the case of Merapi victims, there is and indication that the society and the members of society in Cangkringan, Sleman have strong fighting spirit to move ahead from despair. That spirituality is reconstructed both individually and collectively through their agencies. The type of self-approach to God with reference to religious and other local wisdoms are used in the reconstruction process. This research is aimed to observe their spiritual discourse and narration which can be used as best practice for themselves as a part of collective memory, also for other societies which often contend with disaster but do not have aforesaid perspective.