Local Political Conflict and Pela Gandong Amidst the Religious Conflicts



Pela Gandong which is believed by Ambonese for
its propitiational value is in fact failed to prevent
horizontal conflict that victimized a big number of
life and financial damages. However, Wayame village
is found to survive from those conflicts, and the
community of this village, comprising of Islam and
Christian religious group, succeeds to maintain harmonious
relation. The research aims at, first, describing
the perception of Wayamae village community
to Pela Gandong in the post-conflict period;
second, analyzing the cultural competence of pela
Gandong in conflict resolution in the era of technology.
This research employed qualitative method,
involving in-field data gathering based on official
report, digging out information from the resource
persons who were directly witnessing the conflict when
it occured and other references obtained through
Forum Group Discussion (FGD). An analysis was
performed to seek answer concerning on how the
community of Wayame village viewed Pela Gandong
in post-conflict period, how it is – as a local wisdom
– maintained in the middle of changing and how
Pela Gandong was revitalized. Research showed that
Pela Gandong was maintained by involving all elements
such as customary community and the government.
Pela Gandong grew as the icon of
Ambonese society in settling conflicts by raising
awareness that they are Eastern people, collectivistic
in nature, and place kinship into priority.
KEYWORDS : Pela Gandong, Wayane village, Local
wisdom, post-conflict.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18196/jgp.2013.0025

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