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Nur Aina Ahmad
Eka Sartika


This study aims to describe the taboo concepts that are still valid as a legacy of customs, traditions, and culture of the Bajau people in Torosiaje Village, Pohuwato Regency, and their application in everyday life. In this study, the taboo is any form of prohibition in the form of actions or words used as the cultural heritage of the Bajau Torosiaje people from generation to generation. This study is expected to provide theoretical and practical contributions as sources of information and reference, especially regarding the Bajau people’s traditions. The deeds taboo, which is still preserved as a legacy of tradition and culture in the Bajau Torosiaje community, Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo Province, is the community’s social and moral control in their daily behavior. These prohibitions govern all contexts of community life from birth to death. These taboos can be in the form of prohibitions that must be avoided by a pregnant woman or restrictions that fishers must obey while at sea. It is quite reasonable, considering the Bajau Torosiaje community’s activities, which cannot be separated from the sea as a place to live and as a source of livelihood. Language or speech taboo includes all prohibitions aimed at controlling the use of diction or words, which, if violated, are believed by the Bajau Torosiaje people to bring harm. The language taboo in the Bajau Torosiaje community can be the prohibition of mentioning individual animals’ names or mentioning the names of demons and spirits. This taboo is part of the traditional community beliefs that are still maintained in modern life today. Various taboos in the Bajau Torosiaje people’s culture, Pohuwato Regency, Gorontalo Province, can be concluded as a legacy of extraordinary value. Taboo becomes a strong fortress in preventing immoral acts and controlling society to act and speak following the values regulated in religion. In the end, modern life that has developed does not necessarily keep the Bajau Torosiaje people away from their ancestors’ traditions.

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Nur Aina Ahmad, & Eka Sartika. (2021). TABOO IN THE BAJAU TOROSIAJE TRIBE SOCIETY, POHUWATO DISTRICT, GORONTALO PROVINCE. E-Prosiding HISKI, 1(1), 353–362. Retrieved from
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