The Ecological Wisdom Values of Agricultural Land Utilization by the Indigenous People Of Cigugur Kuningan, West Java
Dra. Yani Kusmarni, M.Pd., Mina Holilah, M.Pd.
Department of Social Studies Education
Faculty of Social Studies Education
Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia
This article describes the results of research on the ecological wisdom values of agricultural land utilization by masyarakat adat (the indigenous people) of Cigugur, Kuningan, West Java. The objective of the research is to obtain a model of ecological wisdom values of indigenous people in maintaining environmental sustainability. The researchers conducted an ethnographic study with in-depth observations of agricultural cycles based on ecological wisdom, special treatments in the process of rice cultivation, and noble values in respect for nature. The findings show that the indigenous people of Cigugur Kuningan still: 1) Use palintangan to calculate farming time with sustainable principles; 2) Provide special treatments to rice seeds through customary agricultural rituals; and 3) Respect nature as the embodiment of the philosophical value of sanduk-sanduk papalaku.
Topic: Gender and Geography, Indigenous Knowledges, Religious and Peoples Rights