Humanistic Values in Metaphoric Expressions of Traditional Marriage in Tolaki Mekongga Kolaka


  • Takwa Sembilanbelas November University of Kolaka
  • Burhanuddin Arafah Hasanuddin University
  • Dede Sopiandy Sembilanbelas November University of Kolaka
  • Suci Jum’atul Taqfiah Sembilanbelas November University of Kolaka
  • Azhariah Nur B. Arafah Universitas Gunadarma



humanistic values, metaphoric expression, traditional marriage


This paper discusses the humanistic values based on the local wisdom of Mekongga dialect of Tolaki. It focuses on the form of metaphorical expressions. The problem relates to the types of humanistic values contained in the text "mowindahako" (expression relates to customary marriages accomplishment). The metaphorical expression in the marriage custom is not only an unusual form of speech in society, but it is also an indication of various local policies of the people who use it. Tolaki Mekongga community in Kolaka Regency, Southeast Sulawesi, has a very strong cultural background. The data source of this research is the text expression of "mowindahako". The data were obtained by conducting interviews and observations at the time a wedding ceremony was performed and also the published texts as a comparison. The results of data analysis indicate that the humanistic values in the text of "mowindahako" are packaged in an understandable metaphorical form based on the cultural context of the community, family values, respect for fellow human beings, and praying for mutual safety. The expressions of these values are in form of human metaphors of human, substance, living of flora and plants, the energy of water, and being (truth). In addition, in the expression of traditional marriage, the wisdom of the community in solving various problems, the wisdom of the supporting community in obeying the provisions or rules that have been mutually agreed upon, and the wisdom of the community in maintaining the harmony of life and association, especially the internal life of the supporting community.

Author Biographies

Takwa, Sembilanbelas November University of Kolaka

Faculty of Teacher Training and Education

Burhanuddin Arafah, Hasanuddin University

English Department, Faculty of Cultural Sciences

Dede Sopiandy, Sembilanbelas November University of Kolaka

Faculty of Teacher Training and Education

Suci Jum’atul Taqfiah, Sembilanbelas November University of Kolaka

Faculty of Teacher Training and Education

Azhariah Nur B. Arafah, Universitas Gunadarma

Faculty of Psychology


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