Building Tourism and Sociopetal Cultural Understanding Through Proxemics Sharing of Authentic Artefacts from the Tongkonan of North Toraja, Indonesia

Tobing, Melati Mediana and Paembonan, Linda Sumilat (2018) Building Tourism and Sociopetal Cultural Understanding Through Proxemics Sharing of Authentic Artefacts from the Tongkonan of North Toraja, Indonesia. International Journal of Engineering & Technology, 7 (4). pp. 548-554. ISSN 2227 524X

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Abstract

Existing theories of intercultural communication recognize each communication act as an authentic space that is filled with symbols thathave cultural context. In the sense, that a group of signs will have different meanings for people of different cultures. In proxemics theory,sociofugal and sociopetal axis explain nonverbal factors of a place, which can attract or restrain the engagement of people in communications.Tongkonan, the dominant culture in the Indonesian region of North Toraja, has frightening death symbols, which have become amajor attraction and talking point for visitors. Travellers observe and learn about these symbols and are also encouraged to share thislearning with friends and relatives. The North Toraja tourism industry has come to recognize that this word of mouth promotion is moreeffective than media coverage in promoting both tourism and cultural awareness among outsider communities. This research involvedobservation study plus interviews with tourists in Kete Kesu Village in North Toraja in order to found interest both local Indonesian andinternational tourists in interacting with fixed-feature space, semi fixed-feature space, and person-to-person space in Tongkonan. A numberof typical Tongkonan symbols such as buffalo horns, human skulls and jaws of animal victims, that normally restrain the desire ofpeople to communicate, in this case, become an attraction in intercultural communication.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: TECHNOLOGY > Building construction
Depositing User: Edi Wibowo
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 08:18
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 09:42
URI: http://repository.uki.ac.id/id/eprint/1045

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