Meloak in Wedding Tradition on Dayak Deah Tribe, Upau, Tabalong, South Kalimantan

  • Ellysa Juang Agusti, Kun Setyaning Astuti, Prayogi Wijaksono


Meloak art has been known for a long time by people in South Kalimantan since 14th century. Meloak also has a great Relationship to the people tradition itself.  It is an art of sinting a song which is conducted by the ayak deah people In their wedding ceremony. The purposes of this research is to find out the philosphy of life value on meloak in dayak deah marriage tradition in Upau, Tabalong, South Kalimantan. This research conducts a qualitative method with ethnography approach and semiotics analysis by Charles Sanders Peirce. Meloak role is quite necessary in marriage ceremony since it is the main requirement to be performed on dayak deah wedding ceremony. The research is done by gaining the information about meloak description on dayak deah wedding ceremony and the moral values in meloak itself.  The result of the research shows that meloak has a great important role and meaning in wedding ceremony of dayak deah people. They believed that meloak procession will grant the bride and groom meaningful life value as the guidance to a responsible family life.

Keywords-meloak, wedding, dayak deah tribe